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The Man of Dual Artistic Skill, “Sadanand Bakre”

“Sadanand Bakre, The man of dual artistic skills whose paintings are pioneers of Modern Arts in India.” Co-founder of The Progressive Artist Group Sadanand Bakre (b. 10 Nov 1920 — b. 18 Dec 2007) his paintings were work of excellence. It's marked in the history as pioneers of modern arts in India. Charles Gerrard, director of Sir JJ School of ...

“Sadanand Bakre, The man of dual artistic skills whose paintings are pioneers of Modern Arts in India.”


Co-founder of The Progressive Artist Group Sadanand Bakre (b. 10 Nov 1920 — b. 18 Dec 2007) his paintings were work of excellence. It's marked in the history as pioneers of modern arts in India. Charles Gerrard, director of Sir JJ School of Art who gave him admission quickly upon seeing his talent.

Krishna and the milkmaids (unknown Artist from British Museum)

His goal-oriented travel to Britain considered Bakre’s gave up on his one of the recognized talents as Sculptor. After his peaceful settled in the United Kingdom, Sada fully concentrated on developing his painting skill. In the year 1957, in moulding colours his unique skill found.

And, proved his excellence in one of his first one-man exhibition at Commonwealth Institute. There he received numerous prime recognition and appreciations. Thus, his successive other stand-alone exhibitions gave hits in the following years. Second time in 1959 at Gallery of Art and four times during 1969 – 1975 at Nicholas Treadwell Gallery.

Sadanand Bakre Achievement Lifetime Award

Famous for his independent emerging skills sudden got full stop on his return to India from British county (Britain travel). It made himself recluse. But, Indians know about his work and past flair for arts. The country and gave him a lifetime achievement awards from the Bombay Art Society.

In his active years at Mumbai, there were hardly people who could compete on his grasping skill. Bakre was the one who had dual skills (Sculptor and Painter) from the emerging Progressive Group of Artists.

The artistic person has no boundary beyond thinking skills of any object or material or beauty of nature. And always urges their brain on learning and exploring new things and unstoppable innovation. Hence, Sada was one of that kinds. He learned and mastered in radio repairing at the age of twelve. It was just beginning of listening to radio among the Indians. And simultaneously he was a student of The Sculpture Department.

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The Formation of Progressive Artists Group

The few days later when partition of great, multi-cultural India broke into two pieces, India and Pakistan. The colony of artists came together when K H Ara created a work of happiness on independence. A painting of the newly formed nation, and Sadanand sent it to The Bombay Art Society. It was rejected saying no place to keep in the gallery for their annual exhibition. Soon like-minded people gathered. The artists include D Souza, K H Ara, Raza, Gade and M F Husain and created The Progressive Artists Group.

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