K.H.Ara was born in Andhra Pradesh and was, for the most part, a self-taught artist. He held his first solo show in 1942 in Mumbai. In 1944, he recieved the Governor's award for painting. In 1948, he joined the progressive Artists group in Mumbai. In 1952, he recieved the Bombay Art Society's Gold Medal. He had a solo exhibition at the Pundole Art gallery, Mumbai, in 1963, and shows in Romania, Hungry and Bulgaria in 1955. His work has also been exhibited in the galleries in Japan, Russia and West Germany. Ara's works are in the collections of the Cowasji Jehangir Family and the Rudi von Leyden Family.