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Nalini Bhagwat

Artist Nalini Bhagwat

Nalini has done her graduation and Post Graduation in history from Rajaram College, Kolhapur, Diploma in painting and art masters from the Dalvi's Art Institute, Kolhapur and Doctorate in Art history in 1985 from the faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. U., Baroda.

She had done three solo shows which were dedicated to the different subjects. The first show dealt with the social problems like the dowry-death, injustice to women etc. The second show of her painting represented the festivals of India. The third depicted the views of "The Indian River Ghats" including most of them related to Ghats of Banaras. Her style of painting is semi-realistic. The colour schemes are always bright. She uses mostly pure colours and flat tones with the use of painting- knife for thick colour application brings rich textural surface to her paintings.

Nalini has written the several articles on art for different magazines and art journals. She also wrote Art columns for Marathi news paper like Loksatta, Maharashtra Times, Mumbai Sakal and Nav Shakti. She curated millennium show for the Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai (2000-2001) and wrote articles for the souvenir of it. She has also contributed articles for the silver jubilee souvenir published to celebrate 150th anniversary of Sir. J. J. School of Art. She also has assisted Dr. Sarayu Doshi, the director of National Gallery of Modern Art for arranging several exhibitions on art. She delivered lectures on history of Indian and Western Art.

She contributed two articles for the volumes on Contemporary art published by the Lalit Kala Academy to celebrate its golden jubilee. The AIFACS felicitated her as an eminent artist in the year 2003 at Delhi. She is well known as an art critic and Art Historian.

Education :

  • 1985 : Ph. D. (Art History) M. S. University, Baroda
    Subject : Development of Contemporary Art in Western India (1850 to 1964)
  • 1964 : G. D. Art, (Painting), Maharashtra Govt. (From Dalvis' Art Inst. Kolhapur)
    Art Master Maharashtra Govt. (Dalvi's Art Inst. Kolhapur)
  • 1963 : M. A. (History, Poona University) from the Rayaram college, Kolhapur
  • Recognition conferred by the Mumbai University to teach Art-History to Post Graduate students in Sir J. J. School of Art


Professional Experience :

  • 1972 to 1995 worked as Lecturer in Art-History and for few years, painting in The Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumabi
  • 1967 to 1972 - Worked as Asst. Lecturer (Painting) in the Dalvi's Art Institute, Kolhapur
  • After retirement delivered lectures in Art-History as a visiting lecturer for the S. N. D. T. College (Plg. Dept), Teachers Training Dept., Sir J. J. School of Art, Art College of Khamgaon, Gulberga etc.


Solo Exhibitions :

  • 2007 : Solo show of paintings at The Jehangir Art Gallery, (Mumbai)
  • 2005 : Solo show of paintings at The Jehangir Art Gallery, (Mumbai)
  • 2003 : Solo show of paintings at The Jehangir Art Gallery, (Mumbai)
  • 1968 : Solo show of Kashmir Landscapes at Kolhapur


Group Exhibitions :

  • 2012 : Art For Nature's Sake, group show at the Birla Aacademy, Calcutta
  • 2008, 2007 : The Art Fusion shows of the Nehru Centre (Worli)
  • 2007 : The Chatak show of the Nehru Centre (Wroli, Mumbai)
  • Participated at many prestigious. Exhibitions like those of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, Art Society of India (Mumbai), Artists Centre (Mumbai)


Lectures on Art - Delivered Lectures on Indian and western Art :

  • 2012 : Lecture on the contemporary Art of Bengal at Ishanya Mall, Poona
  • 2007, 2002, 1997 : Art of Picasso, contemporary art in Maharashtra at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
  • 1995 : at the Asiatic Society, Mumbai on the contemporary Art


Collections :

  • The West-zone cultural Centre
  • Rashtriya Kala Kendra, Lucknow
  • Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
  • Dr. Mrs. Saryu Doshi, Mumbai
  • Ambuja cement Co., Mumbai
  • Mrs. Bharati Shroff, Mumbai
  • Shri. Milind Sathe, Poona (India Art Gallery)
  • Mrs. Smita Kashikar-Desai, Mumbai
  • Shri. Vishnu Malani, Mumbai


Contribution of Articles :

Has written several articles for different prestigious art journals and magazines

  • Journal of Bombay Art Society
  • The silver Jubilee Sovenier published by the Govt. of Maharashtra, 'Aapla Maharashtra'
  • The Golden Jubilee volume - 'The Historical Development of Contemporary Indian Art'. (Part I) published by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
  • 'Master strokes' published by the Jehangir Art Gallery on Master painters of Maharashtra (Joglekar, Paranderkar)
  • Notes for the Marathi Vishva Kosh, Wai
  • The Artetc Magazine published by the Aakar Gallery, Calcutta
  • Article on Baburao Painter for the Jagatik Marathi Parishad, Mumbai
  • Articles for the soveniers on the Master painters and sculptors published by the Nehru Centre (Worli, Mumbai)
  • She wrote regular art-column on the reviews of different art exhibitions in Mumbai, for the lending papers like Lokasatta, Maharashtra times, Mumbai Sakal and other papers on important artists


Seminars and Research Papers :

  • 1990 : Presented a research paper in the national seminar at Bhubaneshwar (Orissa) on the tribal Art arranged by Dr. Dinanath Pathi. Participated in the seminar on Tribal Art arranged by the Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal
  • 1988 : Presented a research-paper at the International seminar on "The Art of Ajanta and its significance in Asian Art, Dept. of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
  • 1977 : Presented a research-paper on "Importance of Minor Arts in the Study of History of Art" in the workshop on 'History of Art' arranged by the Dept. of Art History and Aesthetics, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda


Artists' Camps :

  • 2004 : Attended 'the Enamelling Camp' arranged by the All India Enamellists' society sponsored by Mrs. Sangita Jindal at the Jindal Iron and Steel Factory at Vashind
  • 1999 : Attended All India Women Painters' camp arranged by the Jawahar Kala Kendra, at Jaipur-Rajasthan
  • 1995 : All India North Regional Artists' camp arranged by the Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Lucknow, at Ahmedabad
  • 1994 : The All India Artists' camp arranged by the West Zone Cultural Centre at Diu
  • 1994 : At Javhar for the drawing teachers in Mumbai
  • 1993 : Attended as an art-critic, the Cartoon workshop arranged by the South-Central Zone Cultural Centre, at Indore, Madhya Pradesh
  • 1993 : At Nasik for the drawing teachers in Mumbai
  • 1991 : Artists workshop arranged by the Rang Bahar, Kolhapur on the occasion of the death Anniversary of Late Baburao Painter at the Town Hall, Kolhapur


Commissioned works of Portraits :

  • Late Shri. D. G. Karve, (full size Portrait) for the B. M. C. College, Pune
  • Dr. Kokatnoor, for the Karnatak Health Institute Ghataprabha
  • Late Shri. Babasaheb Gadgil (Sahyadri Udyog), Pune
  • Late Shri. Sardar Mutalik and Mrs. Mutalik at Satara
  • Late Dr. Kerkar, Madgaon, Goa
  • Late Dr. Govindrao Vaidya, Panjim, Goa
  • Prin. Godbole, for the Ruia College, Mumbai (Matunga)
  • Late Barrister Shah for Ms. Indiraben Shah (Baroda)
  • Four Portraits of Bharatiben Shah, Baroda
  • Portrait of Late Shri Samans, Kolhapur


Other Activities :

  • 2002 : Assisted Dr. Saryu Doshi, the Director of N. G. M. A., Mumbai for the exhibition 'Ideas and Images (Aug. 2002) and the exhibition' Picasso Metamor phoses in Feb. March
  • 2000 and 2001 : Curated the Millennium show of the Nehru Centre (Worli, Mumbai) and contributed a lengthy Article taking a survey of the master painters and sculptures of Maharashtra for Sovenier published by Nehru Centre
  • 2000 : Assisted Dr. Saryu Doshi (The Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai for the exhibition, 50 years of Art in Mumbai at the N. G. M. A. Mumbai.)
  • Worked as a secretary of 'The Maharashtra Visual Art Group' (Mumbai), The Faim (Federation of Art Institutes, (Mumbai), The V.R. Amberkar Smaran Samiti, (Mumbai) and worked for arranging their exhibitions at Mumbai (Jehangir Art Gallery), New Delhi (the Gallery of the Lalit Kala Akademi) and Mumbai (The Jehangir Art Gallery) respectively


  • River Ghats - IV, Painting by Nalini Bhagwat
  • River Ghats - III, Painting by Nalini Bhagwat
  • River Ghats - II, Painting by Nalini Bhagwat
  • River Ghats - IX, Painting by Nalini Bhagwat