Prafulla Dahanukar


Prafulla Dahanukar




Artist Profile

Prafulla was born in Goa, the picturesque land of art and music. She had her training at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay, where she won the Gold Medal for the best work of 1955, the year she obtained her diploma.

She held individual shows regularly and won a Silver Medal at the Bombay Art Society Portrait Exhibition. The government of France awarded her a scholarship for the study of graphic art at Ecole de Beaux Arts and Atelier 17 in Paris for a year. While in Paris she held an exhibition of her paintings in 1961 and has since then participated in exhibitions in Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan and France.

She has held several exhibitions in India and her paintings are in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, the Central Museum, Nagpur, and the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, as well as many institutional and private collections.

Prafulla was the President of Bombay Art Society and Vice Chairman of the Artists' Center, Mumbai. For last 30 years she has been on the committee of Kala Akademi Goa, and presently is President of the Art Society of India. She was a committee member of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, from 1974-79. She has gained recognition for her murals, particularly those in ceramic, wood and glass, which highlight many prominent buildings in Mumbai.

In addition to the visual arts, Prafulla is keenly interested in Indian classical music. Married to a businessman and author, Mr. Dilip S. Dahanukar, Prafulla has two daughters and three grandchildren very much interested in art as herself.