President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Mumbai-based sculptor Uttam Pacharne the chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi.
Pacharne, who is a member of the advisory committees at Kala Academy, Goa, and PL Deshpande State Lalit Kala Academy, Maharashtra, received the National Lalit Kala Award in 1985. He was the Chairman of the 127-year-old Bombay Art Society (BAS) for three terms.
Lalit Kala Akademi:
The Lalit Kala Akademi or National Academy of Art is India’s National Academy of Fine Arts.
It is an autonomous organization, established at New Delhi in 1954 to promote and propagate an understanding of Indian art, both within and outside the country.
It does so through providing scholarships, a fellow program, and sponsoring and organizing numerous exhibitions in India and overseas.