Jonnalagadda Gurappa Chetty
Master craftsman
Known forKalamkari
Parent(s)J. Lakshmaiah Chetty
AwardsPadma Shri
Rasthriya Samman
Tulsi Samman

Jonnalagadda Gurappa Chetty is an Indian painter, craftsman and writer, known for his contributions for the revival of the Indian textile art form of Kalamkari.[1] He is a recipient of honours such as Shilpaguru, Rasthriya Samman, Tulsi Samman and Kamaladevi Vishwa Karigar Award.[2] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2008, for his contributions to Kalamkari art.[3]

Education and career

Jonnalagadda was born to J. Lakshmaiah Chetty,[4] in a family of Kalamkari artists at Srikalahasti, a temple town in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh in 1937 and started learning the art from his father from an early age.[5] His career started as a school teacher but he continued painting, focusing on Kalamkari art, which soon earned him appreciation. He is the author of three books in Telugu, Bharata Ratna Mala, Bhagavatha Mani Mala and Vraatha Pani (Kalamkari), besides contributing to an English publication by Parampaarik Kaarigaar.[5]


See also


  1. ^ "Inspiring a Revival". Indian Express. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Kalamkari Workshop". Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  4. ^ "A befitting award to a master artist". The Hindu. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b "The pen that paints". The Hindu. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  6. ^ Chari, Pushpa (20 February 2021). "Kalamkari's main man: Jonnalagadda Gurappa Chetty's legacy". The Hindu.