The Mahomaden Pilgrim
Artist: Savalaram Haldankar
This painting won the artist the gold medal in 1925 in the exhibition of Bombay Art Society. On the mountainous background, an old man draped in a shawl is set off for the pilgrimage carrying a huqqa and a bundle. The high points of this painting are the dramatic effect achieved through light and shade. He had a fascination to depict plays of light and shadows. Haldankar was a promising student of art since childhood. Inspired by his teacher, N. S. Malankar, he joined Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay as a student in 1903. He was taught by Cecil Burns, Walter Robotham, Ganpatrao Kedari, and A. X. Trindade.
After passing from Sir J. J. School of Art, Haldankar soon earned a name as a master portrait painter and began receiving important commissioned works. One such request was from Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru to paint a portrait of Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya, the work now displayed in Parliament House, New Delhi Pt. Nehru also awarded him the title “Kalamaharshi”.
Oil on Canvas