The Lalit Kala Akademi has instituted several awards and honours to be conferred on artists in recognition for their outstanding work in the field of art. Of all these awards and recognitions, the honour of Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi is regarded as the highest honour conferred on an artist by the Lalit Kala Akademi. This prestigious recognition in the field of art has been instituted by the Lalit Kala Akademi, ever since 1954 and so far, … artists have been honoured by the National Academy of Art. In art circles in India, the honour of Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi is regarded as the highest recognition and honour that can be bestowed on an artist in the country, it being the national body of art created by the Government of India.
The honour of Fellow is thus bestowed by the Akademi as an annual recognition, on veteran art masters, who have done the country proud and have taken forward Indian contemporary art to great heights by dint of their art contributions. Indeed their art is acknowledged as path-breaking and their works are researched and respected by academics and the art-loving public and acknowledged as pioneering trends in Indian contemporary art. Even in the international field their works are given utmost importance and are held up as signature art generating trends and standards for Indian contemporary art.