Rivers on Canvass

Continuing the celebration of Godavari Dussehra, let us today explore the theme of ‘Rivers on Canvass‘ with specific focus on Godavari.

In this series, we have discussed diverse expression of rivers in literature as well as in cinema. Today, I present a third medium of expression, which is paintings. Like, rivers have inspired many writers, similarly, many artists have been enthused by the dynamism of the riverscapes. Tracing various styles of artists, since 18-19th century, I have gathered works of few artists whose works revolve around the Godavari Ghats of Nashik.

William Robert Houghton (1826-1897): He was British artist, who explored and painted several historic sites of India. Majorly, he used watercolour in his works.

























Horace van Ruith (1839 – 1923): He was also British artist.





Dattatraya Chintaman Joglekar (1896 – 1952): He was a water colourist, who was interested in panoramic landscapes, architectural facets, and views of urban and rural context.

















Murlidhar Sadashiv Joshi (1912-2001): He used to work with gouaches and aquarelles on textured mount boards to illustrate stillness and dynamism.





















Sayed Haider Raza (1922-2016): His works are mainly abstracts in watercolour or oil or acrylic. Further, he was one of founder members of Progressive Artists’ Group.








Shivaji Tupe (1935-2013): He was born in Nashik, and spent most part of his life in Nashik. He works with watercolour medium, and was specifically interested in the Godavari Ghats in Nashik.

Few of the contemporary artists who are inspired by the Godavari Ghats are – Prafulla Sawant (http://www.artperspective.in/collection.php?id=16) and Ananda Ahire (https://www.gallerist.in/artists/ananda-ahire).

I hope you enjoyed these dynamic and mesmerizing illustrations of Godavari Ghats. Let us meet again tomorrow with a different outlook.

-Shilpa Dahake | Facebook

* The facts and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author.

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I am an architect turned anthropologist. After finishing my Masters in Anthropology from University of Pune, I was working with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune under a project funded by UNICEF and Integrated Child Development Scheme, Government of Maharashtra. During which I was stationed in Nandurbar District of Maharashtra (which is predominantly a tribal region) as a Field Research officer. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India. My current research explores the interaction of the cultural-religious, the political-economic and the ecological dimensions of the river in Nashik city in Maharashtra. Broadly, investigating how the multiple perspectives of a natural resource overlap, contradict, challenge and support each other, thus shaping the urban landscape and producing socio-spatial inequalities.

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