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Sunday Artists

Businesspeople during the week, artists on Sundays!

There are a group of artists and painters in Pune who love their art.Artists with their work They have been going out of the city to nearby rural areas to do land sketching. This routine has been going on since 1965. In the days before television, they used to go every Sunday on their bicycles. It was a picnic-cum-painting expedition. With marriage and added responsibility, the event became a fortnightly one, and they upgraded to scooters. Now, with grand children and business responsibilities, "painting day" is on the first Sunday of the month, and the trip is in a four-wheeler. Progress all the way!

Artists with their work "They" are Shashi Karmarkar, Ramesh Talegaonkar, Ashok Sainkar, Capt. A.V. Rowe, Bhalchandra Mohite, Sunil Gokarn, and at times, Ravi Paranjpe. Shashi, Ramesh and Ashok have been classmates in the Fine Arts college Abhinav Kalavidhyalay, Pune, while Ravi Paranjpe was their Professor. Capt. Rowe and Bhalchandra have been their colleagues in an Advertising Agency. Sunil is the youngest of the lot.

The uniqueness of the entire venture is that all of them paint / sketch in a different medium, depending on their mood and fancy on that particular day. They use watercolours on drawing paper or canvas, oil paint, charcoal or just a plain pencil. Bhalchandra Mohite has recently switched to 'nature photography.'

In all these years, they have never held an exhibition, nor have There is  always a place for ARTthey sold any of their paintings. The paintings are stacked in their houses or just given away to anyone who appreciates them.
All of them love their art as much as the Sunday outing. With a twinkle in his eyes, Shashi Karmarkar says, "We paint for the love of the art and would not like the talent in us to rot and disappear. Though progress has been made by the use of computers and photography, the pleasure and joy of painting is immense."

May this class of painters and artists thrive and give a sense of happiness to those who not only paint, but also appreciate the art.

- Sudheer Waje
Photographs - Bhalchandra Mohite




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