Liyakath Ali-Udupi-Enayath Art Gallery-Inayath Art Gallery

Mr.Liyakath Ali, born in 1954 at Udupi, hails from a poor and respectable Muslim family. At the tender age of 3 years he fell victim to myelitis caused by polio and soon lost strength of both legs.

He countered very many socio economic problems during his youth. Poverty and disability cut short his ordeal in quest of academic career. He has to be content with Pre University Course. Fortunate for him, the appetite for art inherently with him. Prompted by the intense urge and undeterred outlook, he nurtured the art within-through self-perception supplemented by relentless practice and grew into an artist. In fact the craftsmanship empowered him to stand by his family in the difficult days spreading pangs of hunger.

During 1979 he joined Syndicate Bank as an artist unleashing a new assurance in his life which enhanced his faith in his artistic outlook and paved way for aspiring higher life values and dignified human relationship. He has contributed his ideals and presentations significantly over the years to his employers by designing advertisement layouts and scrip sketches of the house journal “GIANT”.

As an artist he has created many artistic canvasses in the form of Abstract art, landscapes, figurative paintings etc., and received appreciation from art lovers. He also created many works of art relating to Hindu Mythological gods like Lord Ganesha, Shiva, and Krishna etc. His paintings were displayed at a number of Painting Exhibitions held across the State as well as the Country.


  • He won National Award for best physically handicapped employee-1990-Award conferred by His Excellency R Venkatraman.
  • Karnataka Rajyothsava District Award-2005.
  • Outstanding young person award in the field of art, by Indian Junior Chamber Udupi,1988.
  • Merits certificate awarded for securing outstanding rank in the All India Excellent performance in Hindi work competition conducted in the year 2002 by Syndicate Bank.
  • Special appreciation award by Sri Kasturi Rangan, SP, DK (1986) for his performance in Civilian Rifle training.
  • Feliciation by Udupi Town, Municipal Council for his Contribution in the field of art.
  • Scores of felicitations from a number of schools, clubs, temples, masjids etc., for his service, dedication, involvement and the quality of art.
  • He holds MEMBERSHIP of Artists forum(Udupi-Manipal).
  • Founder Member of Giants International, Udupi.