About Artist

K Sivaprasad Reddy am born in a small village called Tangutur in Banaganapalle Mandal, Kurnool district in 1956 in a farmer’s family. I was interested in artwork while I was in school and used to draw small drawings. It was 1972 and I was about to finish tenth class. There were some unexpected obstacles in the family due to which I had to left studies, my brother who finished BA was an unemployed and the situation for me was that I had to stay at home and do agriculture. During the six year process in which I was assisting his father in agriculture, my passion and interest towards art strengthened. One day I read an article related to Kalamkari art in a daily newspaper and explained my desire to learn the art of Kalamkari to my father, who refused saying that it will not provide any food and agriculture is the best for us. In that situation, I left the home without informing parents or two brothers in 1978 with only one pair of clothes on the body and Rs. 500 in the pocket. I reached Srikalahasti in Chittoor district and with great difficulty got admission into Kalamkari training center that was managed by the state government and successfully completed two year training. In 1980, I joined as a Kalamkari instructor in the Kalamkari training center set up by voluntary organization ‘Aware’ in Padakal village, 60 km away from Hyderabad. I gave training to local youngsters for ten years here and during this time completed Drawing higher, T.T.C and BA through Open University. Later in 1990, I returned to my native village and established Kalamkari Kalakshetram at home and admitted those who were interested in learning. The Kalamkari arts created here were supplied to AP Handicrafts Development showrooms and Lepakshi Emporiums. At that time, I also exhibited my art in all major cities in the country though Hastha Kala melas and Craft Bazars managed by State and Central governments. In 1995, for the first time, I received state award from the hands of then chief minster Sri N.T.Rama Rao; I also received almost all the awards given to craftsmen by state and central government and other organizations. Lastly, in 2015 received ‘Shilpa Guru’ award from the hands of President of India.



Award & Recognition

    1.1995 State Award Received from Sri N.T.Rama Rao, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
    2.1996 V.T.I, Chennai Recieved from Sri Chidambaram, Central Finance Minister.
    3.2000 State Award Received from Principal Secretary Industries, AP
    4.2004 UNESCO Received from Craft Council of India conducted.
    5.2010 National Merit Recieved from Development Commissioner Handicrafts, Delhi
    6.2012 National Award Recieved from Sri Pranab Mukherji, President of India.
    7.2015 Shilp Guru Received from President of India
    8.2007 Limca Book of Records Received from National Record (This painting took 2 years to complete)
    9.2017 Kalaratna (AP Govt) Received from Sri N.Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of AP