Heritage Telangana Presents the Exhibition – “Forests and Gardens of South India: The Cleghorn Collection of Botanical Drawings” and Day One of Botanical Art Workshop.

Heritage Telangana presents a unique traveling exhibition of archival botanical prints from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Curated by Dr. Henry Noltie, the 54 extraordinary prints reproduce a segment of the original 19th-century drawings from the Hugh Cleghorn Collection. Cleghorn was an East India Company botanist who served as the Conservator of Forests in the Madras Presidency in the mid-1800s.

The exhibition is supported by RBGE (Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh), Dakshina Chitra Museum and Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad (GZH).

Dr. Sita Reddy, a Hyderabad-based curator and editor of the Marg magazine on botanical art helped in bringing the exhibition to the city and has installed the paintings by artist. Other paintings exhibited include 25 paintings by an anonymous Marathi artist, 10 paintings by Murugesan Mudaliar and others from the Madras College of art and 19 paintings by Govindoo, a Telugu artist who worked in Tanjore.

Neera Joshi Pradhan, from Kathmandu (featured prominently in the Marg magazine on botanical art) presents a two-day botanical art workshop at the Museum.

The first day of the teacher training workshop for 20 art and science teachers and enthusiasts, by Ms. Pradhan included 10 teachers from the Department of Botany, OU Women’s College, Koti and 3 teachers from the JNAFAU’s Department of Fine Arts.