Laitha Lajmi


Laitha Lajmi is one of the prominent painters and was born in the year 1932 in Calcutta now Kolkata. She is one of the highly celebrated Indian painters and is a sister of Hindi film director, producer, and actor, the maestro late Guru Dutt.

Since her childhood she was very fond of arts and paintings and crafts. She started her career in early sixtees and has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, especially at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. Almost at the same time, she did her first solo exhibition.   

She comes from one of the most prominent and reputed families where most of the family members are involved in arts and crafts. Laitha had an urge for painting too. She was inspired by her uncle B.B. Benegal, who was a one of the celebrated commercial artists from Kolkata. He gifted her box of paints. Laitha is one of the self-taught artists and she has not received any sort of trainings on art. She is associated with art field over five decades and has exhibited in several national and international platforms.     

Education & Work

Laitha Lajmi is one of the reputed watercolorists from India. She has nurtured her passion for crafts, art and cinema throughout her life. She has always adored and respected Indian films and thus people can see the influence of maestros like Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray and Raj Kapoor.

Laitha Lajmi has participated in several solo exhibitions like 1976 Seattle at N.N. Gallery, Washington; 1976 Two Private Showings, Boston & Los Angeles; USA, 1977 Prints, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata; 1978 Prints, Gallery Gay, Hagen, Germany; 1980 Art Heritage, New Delhi; 1983 Staalicher Gallery, Hale, East Germany; 1983 Euanglishe Kircheng Emeinde Gallery Werl, West Germany; 1984 Oro Deltempro Gallaria D'Arte, Rome; 1995 Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai; 2006 Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi; 2014 'The Masque of Life', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai to name a few.

Some of the prominent group exhibitions where Laitha Lajmi has participated are; 1966 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai; 1968 Sarala Art Center, Chennai; 1972,70 Staalicher Gallery, Hale, East Germany; 1984 People's Gallery, London; 1990 L.T.G Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1995 ‘Bombay’, organized by RPG Enterprise at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; 1999 Art India Today, New Delhi; 1999 ‘Multiple Sclerosis Society of India’, at Y B Chavan Art Gallery, Mumbai; 2000 ‘Nayika’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; 2002 ‘Human Edge’, Organized by Threshold Art Gallery at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; 2002 ‘Colors of India’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai; 2004 ‘Art for Vision’, presented by Shankara Nethralaya, Chennai at New Delhi; 2004 ‘The Feminine Eye’, Gallery Sara Arakkal, Bangalore; 2006 Footprints: Women Print Maker, organized by Chhap, Mumbai, Bangalore; 2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi and many more. 

Awards and Accolades

Laitha Lajmi is one of the popular Indian artists who have shined brightly abroad. In the year 1997 she was awarded by Indian Council for Cultural Relations and got Travel Grant for International Contemporary Indian Women Artists Show for 50 Years of Indian Independence organized by Mills College of Art at Oakland in California. In the year 1979, she was awarded by the Government of India Junior Fellowship and that too from 1979 to 1983. In the same year she bagged an honor from Bombay Art Society in Mumbai. In the year 1978 he was recognized and awarded by Maharashtra State Art Exhibition

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