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M. V. Dhurandhar

Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar (18 March 1867 – 01 June 1944) was a noted Indian painter and postcard artist He was a popular painter during British rule in India His illustrations of women in their daily life are especially popular

M V Dhurandhar was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra He went to Rajaram High School, Kolhapur, and from 1890–95, studied under John Griffiths (artist), at the JJ School of Art, Bombay

M V Dhurandhar taught art at J J School of Art from 1896 In 1910, he became the Head Master and from 1918-31 Inspector of Drawing and Craft He was the Vice-Principal for two years and then retired

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His popular works include documenting the city of Bombay and its people, as well as painting scenes from Hindu mythology and Omar Khayyam series A prolific artist, Dhurandhar is said to have made some thousands of paintings and illustrations, including some that were turned into lithographic prints, such as his illustrations for the book Women of India by Otto Rothfield (1920) Dhurandhar also designed postcards, provided the illustrations for the S M Edwardes By-Ways of Bombay (1912) and C A Kincaid’s Deccan Nursery Tales, besides drawing cartoons for the Gujarati periodicals Aram and Bhoot He also made religious illustrations published by the Ravi Varma Press He wrote an autobiography in Marathi about his years at the JJ School

Self Portrait of Painter
Cover art of 1916 issue of Gujarati magazine
Shivaji Maharaj and Baji Prabhu at Pawan Khind
Lengha Choli
Radha and Krishna
Sheshashayi – Laxminarayan