18/03/1867 - 1944




Artist Profile


He was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. 1919-35 First Indian Director, J.J. School of Art, Bombay. He was known for his illustrations. He has illustrated in many books such as; Women of India by Otho Rothfield, Deccan Nursery Tales, Tales of Vikramaditya by C.A. Kinkad, By the ways of Bombay by S.M. Edward (the then Police commissioner of Bombay), Desire of all Nationsby George Francis Enoch, Peoples of Bombay by P.C. Strip, Call of the Blood by Miss Olivia Strip, Omar Khayyam, by Fitzerald. SUVARNAMALA subjects for the illustration of this magazine from: RAMAYANA MAHABHARATA BHAGWATA BHAGWADGEETA GANESH PURAN SHIVA PURAN VISHNU PURAN GEET GOVINDA by JAIDEV ILLUSTRATIONS FOR DRAMAS OF KALIDAS & FOR HID MAHAKAVYAS: SHAKUNTAL RITU SANHAR MEGHADOOT PURURAVA & URVASHI ILLUSTRATIONS FOR DRAMAS WRITTEN BY BHASA:BHAVABHUTI SHUDRAKA: MRICCHAKATIKA Shri Shiva Chatrapati Charitra- Men and Women in Indian history,published


  • Had his primary and secondary education at the famous Rajaram High School, Kolhapur.
  • 1890-95 Student, J.J. School of Art, Bombay, under John Griffiths.


  • 1895 Exhb. at Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • 1904 Madras Fine Arts Exhibition (Also in 1909).
  • 1905 Congress Industrial & Agricultural Exhibition, Kolhapur.
  • 1907 Fine Art & Industrial Exhibition, Pandharpur.
  • 1919 Art & Industrial Exhibition, Jalgaon.
  • Indian Industrial & Agricultural Exhibition, Varanasi.
  • 1930 India House exhb, London.
  • 2003 Manifestations, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, World Trade Center, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 2005 Manifestations III, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Nehru Center, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


  • Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay.
  • Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Law Memembers Room in Imperial Secretariat, New Delhi.
  • Chhota Udaipur Palace in Gujrat.
  • Laxmi Vilas Palace, Baroda.
  • Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • South Kensington Museum, London.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • University of Sussex, England.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


  • 1891 Received Waudington Prize.
  • 1892 Prize of the Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • 1894 Received Meyo Medal.
  • 1895 Bombay Art Society, Bombay (Awarded Gold Medal for his painting `Have You Come Laxmi?`).
  • 1904 Received Gold Medal, at Industrial and Agricultural Exhb., Bombay.
  • 1907 Gold Medal, at Fine Arts & Industrial Exhb. , Pandharpur.
  • 1910 Gold Medal at Art & Industrial Exhb., Jalgaon.
  • 1914 Gold Medal at Art & Industrial Exhb., Gwalior.
  • 1923 Prize in Wemble Exbh., London.
  • 1927 Received the title of `Rao Bahadur`.
  • 1940 Awarded by Shri Panth Pratinidhi of Aundh State.
  • 1952 Rajaram High School celebrated its centenary, where sculptor Shri Bal Chawan exhibited a statue of Late Dhurandhar, Dr. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India saw the statue and remarked, `Grand personality of an eminent artist`.


Dhurandhar was perhaps the most popular painter of Western India after Raja Ravi Varma. An excellent illustrator and skilled portrait painter, he displays exceptional talent in figurative painting. He painted historical and mythological subjects, as well as paintings reflecting the social life of Hindus with there customs, traditions and festivals.


1896 Became Art Teacher in J.J. School, Bombay. 1910 Head Master in J.J. School, Bombay. 1918-31 Inspector of Drawing & Craft, J.J. School of Art, Bombay. He was the Vice- Principal for two years and then retired from the service. Again he was reappointed as a visiting professor for a year. Officiated Director, J.J. School of Art, Bombay.