K. B. Kulkarni ( 1920 – 2007)
Shri K. B. Kulkarni was fondly known as “KB” by all his disciples, near and dear ones. KB was born in 1920 in Belgaum District.
Born on 4 February 1920 in Hindalga, he completed his schooling from Benon smith high school in 1937. He started teaching in St.Pauls High school from 1949.
He was a student of Haldankar’s Art Institute and later became an Art Teacher. He has done Drawing Art Teacher certificate course from Sir J.J. School of Art , 1945. He was also on the Advisory board for Art Education of Karnataka. He was also a member of Karnataka State Lalit Kala Academy.
He was awarded State Award in 1972. KB started an Art Institute called ” Chitramandir” in 1951 at Khade Bazar and conducted regular classes till 1977. He also taught at St.Pauls High school Belgaum.
KB had devoted himself to art and teaching of art and also in painting. A whole generation of artists have been trained and nurtured by him. His own works truly represented his mastery over oil, water colour and nature, as well as human figure. For him art of paintings was a mysterious activity. In his words –“ Though it is often said that art is a visual poetry, I think it is also music, where harmony, balance, rhythm are very important.”
Photo: Santosh Purohit