Meet the ‘First Lady’ of Indian sculpting

Meet the ‘First Lady’ of Indian sculpting

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Meet the ‘First Lady’ of Indian sculpting -min

Meet the ‘First Lady’ of Indian sculpting -min
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One of the ‘First Ladies’ is Anila Jacob-a well-known sculptor who has so many firsts to her credit In 1960 she secured first rank in Fine arts from Madras College of Arts and after that there was no looking back for her. In 1965 she became the first woman sculptor to receive a national award of the Lalit Kala Academy

The Ministry of Women and Child Development last week felicitated 110 women for being the first women to break into their fields, paving the way for those to come. These ‘First Ladies’ have not only mastered their respective roles, but have also set a benchmark for others to follow their dreams, and battle through circumstances. One of the ‘First Ladies’ is Anila Jacob a well-known sculptor who has so many firsts to her credit.

In 1960 she secured first rank in Fine arts from Madras College of Arts and after that there was no looking back for her. In 1965 she became the first woman sculptor to receive a national award of the Lalit Kala Academy.

Born in Kottayam, Kerala, in 1941, Anila Jacob became part of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village in 1966. The Cholamandal Artists’ Village was started by her late father K. C. S. Panicker who organized an association of 30 graduated (Painters & Sculptors) and started the institution. Anila Jacob is only one of the two women to be associated with Cholamandal Artists’ Village. For her work, Anila has used all available materials like wood, cement, copper, brass, granite, and bronze.

Her works are displayed (Metal, Wood & Granite) in Delhi Lalit Kala Academy and in the Modern Art Museums, Bangalore and Cholamandal Artists’ Village Chennai. Her granite sculptures are in Palakkad Fort, Calicut Beach and Bastian Garden at Fort Cochin, Kerala. A recent installation of a metal sculpture (Copper, Bronze & Brass) and Teak wood is at International Arrival Hall, Terminal Number 3 at the Cochin International Airport.