He has been honoured in the fine arts category
BIDAR: Yashwanth Hibare (66) has been honoured with Rajyotsava Award ” by the State Government in the fine arts category.
Mr. Hibare, a native of Hallikhed (B) village in Humnabad taluk of Bidar district, lives in Bangalore. He moved to Bangalore in 1982 to earn a living through his paintings. Speaking to The Hindu on the phone from Bangalore on Monday, Mr. Hibare said, “I feel honoured to have received the award given by the State Government.” “I have received many awards from various religious institutions of the State. But there was nothing from the State Government in recognition of my career spanning six decades in painting.” Mr. Hibare’s initial paintings were of Lord Hanuman. He took to painting when he was five on the advice of his father, Thippajirao Hibare, who was a singer and hakim in the village.
“I found encouragement from my father and consider him my first guru. I started to grasp painting better at the age of eight. Since my family was poor, I could not go to school, which made me concentrate on painting,” he said.
He was guided by Revannappa Bhutale, a well-known painter in the region. “I learned a lot from him, and he was satisfied with my progress,” Mr. Hibare said.
Recalling his early days, Mr. Hibare said, “I was not in a position to purchase a pencil or a sheet of paper for making sketches. I used to pick up broken pencils and cigarette covers to make drawings.”
“My paintings have been exhibited at many places such as the Vishwakarma exhibition at Bangalore in 1971 where I won the second prize. Later, in 1976, at an exhibition at Mysore, my works on Renukacharya, Shankarcharya, Ramanujacharya, Mahaveer, Buddha, Christ, and Mohammed Paigamber won me the “Chitrakala Ratna” title ,” he said.On living away from his native place, Mr. Hibare said, “Bidar is very close to my heat, and many historical places there remain etched in my memory.”