14/11/1907 - 18/12/1979




Artist Profile


Born in Bombay, Maharashtra. 1923-28 Explored new areas of expression like photography and lithography. Started a lithopress, Bombay. 1935 The then Viceroy of India, Lord Willingdon sends him to paint the Silver Jubilee celebration of King George V, London. 1947 President, Art Society of India, Bombay. 1952 Travelled in USA, as a member of the Indian Film Delegation, at the invitation of Motion Picture Association of America and State Dept, USA. Published Rupdarshini, an account on how to deal with the human form. 1954 Published Sky Scrapers and Flying Gandharvas. 1956 The Apostle of Peace, pencil sketches of Jawaharlal Nehru was published. Worked with Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt as an Art Director. 1960 Member, Selection and Judging Committee, National Exhb., Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1968 President, Cine Art Directors Association of India, Bombay. 1972-73 President, Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1973 He was commissioned by the Selection Committee, National Gal


1917-23 Studied at Ketkar Institute of Art, Bombay. 1928 Diploma in Painting, Govt. of Maharashtra, Bombay. 1932-34 Studied at Royal College of Art, London.


1932 Exhibited painting titled Round Table Conference, Imperial Institute, London. 1937 Solo exhb. Inaugurated by Maharaja of Mandi, New Delhi. 1954, 56, 58 Solo exhb., Bombay. 1973 Exhb. of 51 Paintings depicting the first hundred years of the freedom movement (1757-1856), inaugurated by Indira Gandhi, Birla Bhavan, New Delhi.
2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


  • Parliament House, New Delhi. Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi.


1929 Maharaja of Bhavnagars Prize, Bombay. 1930 Silver Medal, Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1931 Gold Medal, Bombay Art Society, Bombay. 1955 Awarded Tamra Patra, Govt. of India. 1957, 59, 61 Filmfare Award, for Art Direction, Bombay. 1957 Awarded Film Journalists Association Trophy, Bombay. 1968 Awarded Padmashri, Govt of India.


Acharekar remained in the forefront of portrait paintings, especially of the commemorative genre, for more than forty years. He was also an educationist and a successful art director who raised art direction to a new height in the field of cinema. His interest and superb ability in live portraiture is apparent in the ease and rapidity of his renditions of human figures, retaining their character and likeness. It was the perfect academic discipline gained in his early life, the sheet anchor of his artistic credo, which facilitated these easy renderings. It must be noted that he remained alive to change and rejuvenate, evolving gradually without sudden revolutionary mutations. He remained very much his own master with no direct and obvious influences of any isms.


1923 Appointed as Junior Teacher, Ketkar Institute of Art, Bombay. 1937-39 Deputy Director, J.J. School of Art, Bombay. 1948-56 Principal, Academy of Art, Bombay.