M.V. Dhurandhar

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Visual Arts (general)
Asia, Southern and Central
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M.V. Dhurandhar (1867–1944), renowned for visually documenting the city of Bombay and its people, as well as painting scenes from Hindu mythology, was born in Kolhapur in Maharashtra as the son of an artist. He studied art at Bombay’s Sir J.J. School of Art, where he won several prizes and medals; he was later to become the first Indian director of this School. In recognition of his talent, the British government conferred the title of Rao Bahadur upon him in 1927. He was accomplished in oils, watercolours and pencil drawings, and nearly 50,000 works have been credited to him, excluding drawings and sketches. A number of Dhurandhar’s works were reproduced for mass circulation at Ravi Varma’s presses. Unlike Ravi Varma, his senior contemporary, Dhurandhar was a trained academic realist.
Author: House of World Cultures


Group Exhibitions (Choice)

Exhibition / Installation
2003 "body.city”, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany 1930 India House Exhibition, London, Great Britain 1919 Art & Industrial Exhibition, Jalgaon, India Indian Industrial & Agricultural Exhibition, Varanasi, India 1907 Fine Art & Industrial Exhibition, Pandharpur, India 1905 Congress Industrial & Agricultural Exhibition, Kolhapur, India 1895 Bombay Art Society, Bombay, India

Solo Exhibitions (Choice)

Exhibition / Installation
1999 "Watercolors“, Apparao Galleries, Chennai, India


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New Perspectives from India

(19 September 03 - 16 November 03)