Akole: Mumbaikars will get a glimpse of the palaces, streets, old houses and classical nature of the city. An exhibition of paintings by the famous Akole painter Minanath Kharate will be held at the famous Jahangir Art Gallery in Mumbai from May 31 to June 6. This is the first time an art teacher from Akola has filled an exhibition at ‘Jehangir’. The exhibition is being opened by Suresh Awari, a Mumbai-based painter from Akola, and Surendra Jagtap, president of the Bombay Art Society. The special thing is that Awari has already exhibited in ‘Jehangir’.
The ‘abstract-tangible’ exhibition includes abstract paintings by Kharate, abstract paintings by his friend Jitendra Sonawane, and sculptures by Pankaj Gadakh. Kharate paintings of ancient forts in Akole city, especially ancient buildings in Chirebandi area of Akole, as well as classical nature pictures in Bhandardara area are displayed in this exhibition. In terms of architecture, it is worth seeing the old buildings of it. They have a different beauty. Through these paintings he has preserved the memory of these objects that now move behind the curtain of time.
He works as an art teacher at Modern High School in Kharate. Kalniketan (Nashik) and J. j Studied art at school (Mumbai). His paintings of the life of sage Agastya in Agastya Ashram here have become a subject of attraction for devotees. Pictures of him are also displayed at the Sangamner Provincial Office, the Nagar District Collector’s Office and the Nashik Division Revenue Commissioner’s Office. His paintings have reached various parts of the country and abroad. It is the dream of artists to fill their exhibitions at the prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. This dream of an Akola artist is coming true.
‘Attempt to introduce Bhavatala rites!’
The consequences of the environment in which we live, the rites are happening to us. You tried to introduce it. I painted what I felt as an artist.
– Minanath Kharate, famous painter, Akole