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J. D. Gondhalekar (1909 - 1981)

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Artist J. D. Gondhalekar Janardhan Dattatreya Gondhalekar was born in 1909 in Amravati in Maharashtra. He received Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai. Further, he studied techniques and skills at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and at the Academie Julian, Paris. He also studied methods to restore paintings and art objects at the Laboratoire Centrale des Musees de Belgique in Belgium under a fellowship bestowed on him by the UNESCO in 1950.

Shri. J. D. Gondhalekar was an efficient educator, administrator and cultural visionary. Recipient of several prestigious awards, he continued painting throughout his career. He wrote and broadcast widely on art and participated in art exhibitions both nationally and internationally in countries includes Belgium, Germany, England and Latin America. He was the Art Director of the Times of India, Dean of the Sir J J School of Art in Mumbai and The Art Director of several films.


Born : 1909


Education :

  • 1950 : Under the UNESCO - Belgium Fellowship, studied methods for restoration of Paintings and Art objects at Director of Laboratoira Centrale des Musees de Belgique, Brussels.
  • 1939, 1937 : Studied Wood Engraving, Etching & Allied intagalio process at Central School of Arts & Crafts, London
  • 1938 : Mural Decoration at the Academic Julian, Paris
  • 1931 : Government Diploma in Drawing & Painting from Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay
  • Studied Decorative Painting under Mr. Poluninal at the Slade School of Art, London
  • Diploma in Fine Art - The Slade School of Fine Art, University of London


Achievments :

  • Worked on several advisory committees
  • Reorganisation of the Lucknow School of Art
  • Saving and reconstructing of the archaeological finds at Nagarjunsagar, Narjunakonda
  • To select the site and form for the memorial Hun-en-tsant to be built at Nalanda, Government of India
  • General Council member and Lalit Senate member University of Bombay
  • Organized State Art Exhibition, Government of Bombay
  • Several Articles on Art matters in English and Vernacular languages


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