The name of the Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, Hyderabad, is now familiar to the lovers and scholars of Indian Art for the exquisite art objects it possesses. The Museum owes its birth, as its name denotes, to the well known collection of Indian art lovingly assembled over sixty years by the visionary artist couple, Jagdish Mittal and his wife, Kamla. They created on 30th March, 1976, an irrevocable Public Trust named Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, to set up a Museum in Hyderabad.
The Museum is particularly rich in Indian miniature paintings, with representative examples spanning a period from about 1200 A.D. to the end of the 19th century. They include all the important schools like the Western Indian or Gujarati, Rajasthani, Mughal, Pahadi (Punjab Hill States), Central Indian, Deccani, South Indian, Bengali, Orissan, as well as the Company period and Folk styles.
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All art objects were assembled by the Mittals chiefly for their aesthetic excellence. However, they are commendable for their art historical significance and for their subject matter.
Some are crucial for scholars, since they are the only known examples from a particular school. This was because Mr.Mittal, apart from being an artist with keen eye for art, is also a serious art historian.