Saturday, July 19, 2014

DEVRUKH MUSEUM

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NEW MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS IN “DEVRUKH”

 

DEVRUKH MUSEUM A far corner of Devrukh in the Konkan region of Maharashtra has become home to precious paintings of the Bombay School of Art. What’s more remarkable is how these works of art from the British era — now valued at Rs.4 crore — got retrieved and exhibited in the newly inaugurated fine arts museum.

The story goes thus: In order that the work of talented sons of the soil be preserved within Konkan, paintings were painstakingly collected by the 4th President of the institution, Late Shri Arun V Athalye, who was ably guided in his effort by Late Shri V S Gurjar, Some of the paintings collected by Late Shri Mulye Master were generously donated by his family to Mr. Arun Athalye for the Devrukh Shikshan Prasarak Mandal.

The paintings in this collection are rendered by artists who belonged to a tradition of painters known as 'Bombay School of Art'. These painters and artists range from the three generations of the Pestonji Family, Pestonji Bomanji, Eruksha Pestonji and Dadiseth Eruksha, the father and son duo of the Haldankars, Late V S Gurjar, Late M V Dhurandhar, Late N R Sardesai, Late Dinanath Dalal and such other eminent artists whose work spans from 1850 through 1950 and beyond.

Today, they adorn the sprawling Lakshmibai Pitre Kalasangrahalaya thanks to a struggle, at whose forefront was 88-year-old resident Vasant Pitre.

The seed for the museum was sown more than six decades ago. In order that the work of talented artists from the Konkan, Sindhudurg, Raigad, Ratnagiri belt be preserved, art teacher Yashwant Mule, artist V.S. Gurjar and art connoisseur Mr. Arun Athalye started collecting the paintings. Spending from his pocket, to raising donations, the new venture became an obsession. But the dream was not to be fulfilled anytime during their lifetime. The paintings were donated to Devrukh Shikshan Prasarak Mandal (DSPM) Trust.

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“The paintings had gathered dust and were in a shambles. Around six years ago, a member of the committee illegally sold them. The process to retrieve them was lengthy and tedious,” said Shrinivas Virkar, council member of the Trust. It was then that Mr. Pitre, chairman of the Trust, got down to the job. The museum is named after his mother.

Work on the museum began about five years ago. Architect Arvind Sardal designed the building which stands on 6,000 sq.ft. of land. Mumbai-based curator Mrudula Mane was roped in. Under the guidance of museologist Sadashiv Gorakshkar, the restoration began. It was decided that the ground floor would be devoted to the Bombay School of Art painters. The second made space for contemporary artists.

Every painting offers a slice of history. Now you see a beautiful landscape of Kolhapur of the time, painted by Mr. Rahiman. Now you marvel at the earliest painting in the museum — a realistic portrait by Bomanji. Numerous, detailed human figures come alive in a small painting called “Devadarshan” in the trademark style of L.N. Taskar.

“All the paintings on the ground floor have a strong western influence. It was just the beginning of realism in the country, where painters were moving away from depicting mythology. Their brush strokes, the use of water colour were borrowed from the West. But the core subject remained Indian,” said Ms. Mane.

 

The Committee:

Vasant Manohar Pitre – Chairman

Ajay Arun Athalye, Vijay Shivram Ambekar, Vaijanath Eknath Jagusthe, Shrinivas Ramchandra Virkar, Bharti Ajay Pitre, Asawari Sansare, Ranjit Marathe, Mahendra Mukund Damle, Kashinath Satyavan Salve, Milind Hegiste, Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar.

 

Address: Devrukh, Taluka – Sangameshwar, Districy – Ratnagiri 415804. India

Phone: +91-2354-240259

Email: mail@devrukhmuseum.org

Website: www.devrukhmuseum.org

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

“Devrukh”- An Unexplored Tourist Destination in Konkan

kanchan athalye | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Best Blogger Tips


Devrukh is a town in the tehsil of Sangameshwar in the Ratnagiri district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a headquarters for the tehsil Sangmeshwar. It is part of the Konkan region. Devrukh has primarily agrarian society. Devrukh enjoys salubrious climate. Summers are warm and winters are not very chilly. However every year Devrukh experiences heavy monsoon (400 cm to 500 cm rains every year). Rice, Cashew and Alphonso (Hapus) Mangoes are major crops in Devrukh. Devrukh is a birthplace of social reformer -  Parvatibai Athavale.
 
Sightseeing in and around Devrukh:
Marleshwar, is an ancient Cave Shiva Temple, which is at distance of 17 km from Devrukh.


Karneshwar, Temple which is built in the Hemadapanthi style of Shiva Temples, and is located at around 22 km from Devrukh.

Tikleshwar, Temple which near from Devrukh.

 


‘DeCAD’ - Devrukh College of Arts and Design and buy variety of Terracotta Pottery Products, Paper Craft Products and many others at a very reasonable
price. Devrukh College of Arts and Design ‘DeCAD’ has taken shape in Devrukh to avail of the Konkan, a well - endowed region with art inclination, with scientific knowledge of visual art, to make them self-reliant through art and to inspire them to be self-employed.
Balasaheb and Vimaltai Pitre are the source of inspiration behind this magnificient concept of DeCAD. They two started two companies viz ‘Sushrut’ and ‘Adler’ in Devrukh. These companies produce medical appliances of best quality. The products of these two companies have got acclamation and are exported to many countries in the world.

 
 



 "Devrukh College of Arts and Design" website: www.decad.in





Devrukh Museum,
Museum houses a world-class collection of over 600 art objects and on focus is realist paintings from Maharashtra From 1935 onwards.
 
                             
                                   "Devrukh Museum" website: http://www.devrukhmuseum.org/





Vashi Dam,  Not the biggest dam but really great to see in the evening as it is situated facing towards Sahyadri Ranges.
 
 
 

Amba Ghat - Vishalgad Forest – Pawankhind, (All together 50km) - The place where Baji Prabhu Deshpande faught for Great Shivaji Maharaj, The road to Pwaan Khind goes from beautiful Amba Ghat(25km) and Vishalgad Road forest(38km) . You will definitely enjoy this journey specially from June to December.






























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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SHRAVAN SARI

kanchan athalye | Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | Best Blogger Tips

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Shravansari 2014 with Purna Travels

 

 

16th August: Reach TURAL by 3.30 pm, Resting time, Evening tea, Visit to Rajwadi- Hot Water Springs, Evening Snacks, Dinner

 

17th August: Breakfast, Visit to Marleshwar, Lunch, Resting time, Visit to Gokul Tali, Evening Snacks, Dinner, Enjoy Krishna Janma Programme.

 

18th August: Breakfast, Pottery Demonstration, Bullock Cart ride, Lunch, Resting time, Dahi Kala, Dinner, Departure to Thane by 9.30 pm.

 

clip_image001     Per head cost with Common stay:  For Adult : Rs. 6750.00

                                                  For Kids -3 years to 12 years:  Rs. 4750.00

 

clip_image001     Per head cost with Cottage stay:  For Adult : Rs. 8350.00

                                                 For Kids -3 years to 12 years:  Rs. 6250.00

 

The above cost includes: Transport by AC bus from Thane and return, Sightseeing, Accommodation, All Meals (Vegetarian)

 

For booking please call on 9619246419

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