Kala Sanstha Ken School of Art (popularly known as Ken
School of Art) is one of the three art schools in the city.
The other two schools of art in Bangalore are Chitrakala
Parishat, Kumarakrupa Road and Kala Mandir, Basavanagudi.
The speciality of Ken Art School is that it collects no donations
and admits talented middle class rural students. Every year
about 30 students graduate from here. Over a 1,000 students
have graduated from here during the last three decades. The
art school teaches both painting and sculpture.
The Founder Secretary, Ken School of Art, R M Hadapad,
in an interview to bangalorebest.com said that for
a cosmopolitan city like Bangalore just three art schools
are not enough. He also stressed that the State and Union
Governments should come out with a "Cultural Policy"
and give more impetus to art and sculpture teaching institutions.
Private organisations, rich art patrons should open more number
of art schools, Hadapad stressed. Excerpts of the interview.
When was the Ken School of Art started?
School of Art was started in 1968 as Kuvempu Kala Sanstha
Ken Art School of Art. Ken means knowledge or deep sensibility.
Who are the people behind it?
I am the founder and secretary.
Does your school of art get any Government
The State Government is paying salaries to the art teachers.
Compared to other state governments in the country Karnataka
gives lesser funds to art schools.
What is the criteria you follow in admitting
Any matriculate can appear for an entrance test which we conduct
here. The entrance test consists of four types: Oral test,
written test, visual test and memory test. Those who pass
out of the entrance test will be admitted to the art courses
What are the courses you offer and what is
the duration of each course?
We offer three types of courses. Professional Art Course (5
years), Art Education Course (5 years) and Hobby Classes in
Art. Ken School of Art teaches for six and half hours every
day to the students. During summer holidays, we conduct art
classes for children.
So far, how many students have graduated from
the last three decades, more than 1,000 students have graduated
from our school.
Do you invite art professors or eminent artists
to lecture for your students?
Yes. We do invite specialised art experts to lecture and discuss
with our students. Along with their lectures, the visiting
art professionals demonstrate their art to our students. This
inspires our students a lot.
What is the course fees?
Course fees is fixed as per the guidelines of the State Government.
The course fees is very nominal.
Do you help your students after they complete
organisations and industries are in touch with our school.
Whenever they need art designers and other such related personnel
they send us letters inviting applications from our students.
Scholarships are also available to the students to pursue
higher studies of art in universities like Royal College,
London, and Baroda University (two years course in art).
Who are the famous alumni of your school?
Many of my students are working abroad. C Chandrashekar, one
of our students was the Chairman of Karnataka Lalitakala Academy.
Another famous artist, Sheila Gowda, who works in London,
was also a student of Ken School of Art.
Do you sell the works of art created here?
No. We don't sell any art works here. We fear that may instil
a commercial attitude in the minds of our students.
Do you conduct exhibitions here?
We conduct art exhibitions of our final year students in art
galleries like Venkatappa Art Gallery in the city. At such
exhibitions, the students can sell their art works.
Those interested may contact
Mr Hadapad at:
Ken School of Art,
Next to Sheshadripuram Post Office,
Bangalore - 560 020.
Phone: 2344 7193.