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Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar was born in Savantwadi Maharashtra, India on 25th November 1882, He studied up to Matriculation at Sawantwadi. Haldankar passed the two grade Examination under the guidance of an expert art teacher, N. S. Malankar. 1903 Joined the J. J. School of Art and was trained under teachers like Ganpatrao Kedari, A. K. Trinidade and M. V. Dhurandhar. He was accomplished in both watercolors and oils, with a special mastery over portraits.
He started the Haldankars Fine Art Institute, Bombay. In 1918, with the co-operation of other artist friends, he established the Art Society of India. He remained the President of the Art Society for many. During his professional career Haldankar had gained the highest reputation. Haldankar was associated with many art activities and had been a member of different important committees and societies. He was the President of the Maharashtra Chitrakar Mandal. He was the member of the Hansa Mehta Committee for Re-organisation of Art Education.
He was commissioned to paint portraits of well know personalities, to mention a few - The late Pandit Madan Malaviya, Jagannath Shankersheth, Sir John Beaumont, Lady and Sir Leslie Wilson and the Raja Saheb of Sawantwadi.
His works are in collection with Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), Jaganmohan Palace (Mysore), Nagpur Museum (Nagpur), Moscow Academy of Art (USSR).