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Bhalchandra Mandke

Bhalchandra Mandke did his G. D. Art from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune in 1975. Mandke worked at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune, from 1976 till 2006. He retired as a full Professor in 2006. Mandke mainly taught fine Arts at Abhinav. From childhood, Mandke used to be intrigued and awed by nature. His passion for nature can be seen in his paintings.

Mandke used to exhibit regularly, but because of his main profession as a professor in fine arts, he could not exhibit in a big way. After retirement from active teaching, he is now a full time artist.

Mandke does original work, mainly taking inspirations from nature. He applies his mind and body on nature’s compositions and then adds his soul into it and a masterpiece gets created. His paintings are soul-stirring and soul-searching and they take you deeper. The power of Mandke's works literally blows your mind while taking your breath away. Each piece accosts all your senses. The colours are vibrant, the strokes bold & the message crystal clear. The effect is almost hypnotic. Mandke's confidence, brilliance and skill emanates from each piece. He is gloriously uninhibited in expressing his thoughts. These days, it is rare to find an artist who paints from the heart & not for the audience. Mandke’s works are almost like story-telling in its effect on the viewer. The positivity and energy arrests the viewer. It revolves around mysticism and mysteries of human mind and forces you to look inward in search of the treasures that lay within. His application of joyful colours is exhilarating and the energy infectious. The subtle feelings exuded by Mandke’s paintings make you see something new in them every day, making viewing them a wondrous experience.

Mandke recently exhibited his latest works in oils/acrylics on canvas at Jehangir Art Gallery (Hirji Hall) from September 26, 2012 till 2nd Oct 2012. The show was appreciated by many art lovers.

Born :

  • 1949


Education :

  • 1975 : Government Diploma in Fine Art from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Pune


Solo Shows :

  • 2012 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2012 : Art Hut, Pune
  • 2011 : Fine Art with Bottled Poetry, Royal Orchid Central, Pune
  • 2009 : Malaka Spice, Pune
  • 2008 : Art Point Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2004 : Hotel Oberoi Shereton, Mumbai
  • 1999 : Khushboo Art Gallery, Pune
  • Parvati Hall, Dombivali, Mumbai
  • Gujrat Hall Art Gallery, Ghatkopar, Mumbai
  • Gryndlays Bank Gallery, Mumbai


Group Shows :

  • 2010 : Bajaj Monsoon Show, Mumbai
  • 2009 : Surabhi Nag Art Foundation, Pune
  • 2009 : Artscape II, India Art Gallery, Pune
  • 2007 : Art Point Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2001 : Soulcurry Art, Mumbai
  • 2000 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1999 : Nehru Centre, Mumbai
  • 1998 : Pradarshak Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1997 : SANS TACHE Art Gallery, Worli, Mumbai
  • 1995 : Affordable Art, Bombay
  • Artist's Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune
  • Kalla Mela, Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi
  • Hotel Sun & Sand, Pune


Awards :

  • 2003 : Chitari Academy, Pune.
  • 1995 : All India Art Exhibition, The Creater's Ambala Cantt.
  • Annual Exhibition of Art, Pune


Collections :

  • Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
  • Force Motors, Pune (Formerly known as Bajaj Tempo)
  • Sandvik Asia, Pune
  • Alfa Laval, Pune
  • Mr. Nitin Karambelkar, Mumbai
  • Mrs. Uma Kejrwal
  • Mrs. Mohini Seth & Didi Vaidya
  • Mrs. Indu Khimsara
  • Mr. Karambelkar, Nashik
  • Mr. Erwin Lengauer, Austria
  • Dr. P. Mahavadi, Stockelsdorf, Germany
  • Dr. Subir Roy, Banglore
  • Dr. Ajit Gaunekar, Singapore
  • Mr. & Mrs. Satwe
  • Mrs. Ketkar, Dubai
  • Mr. Sathe, Pune
  • Many private collectors in India and Abroad


  • Holding the Flag of Love Abstract A 186, Painting by Bhalchandra Mandke
  • Life is a Voyage  , Painting by Bhalchandra Mandke
  • The Milestones of my Journey , Painting by Bhalchandra Mandke
  • When the Moon sleeps in my Arms, Painting by Bhalchandra Mandke