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Malegaon is a marvelous view - on canvas and in portraits

Wednesday December 20, 2017 6:52 PM, Zohair M Safwan,

Advay Hire Chitrakala Sparda
[(From left) Rasheed Artist, Surendra Jagtap, Hemant Mohad and Pradip Sonawane inspecting the artworks and paintings submitted by the participants.]

Malegaon: Traces of ancient Malegaon, which somehow survived the brazen ignorance of the present and past dispensations, crazy race for development and rampant encroachment, were “dug up” and transferred on canvas by over 130 artists coming from different parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday.

And, almost unanimously they came to the conclusion that Malegaon would have been a marvelous city more than a century ago in terms of both – landscape, and cultural and monumental heritage.

“We found Malegaon truly a wonderful city. We were told to identify location and spot to complete our artwork and paintings to be included in the competition.

“We had just few hours in hand. In such competitions, the most crucial task used to be identification of a perfect location and spot. But, thankfully in Malegaon, we were with canvas and easels within no time”, Atul Kisanrao, the winner of second prize, said while talking to

Echoing similar views, Surendra Jagtap, Principal of Ruia College of Fine Arts, said he found the city marvelous and enjoyed his day long stay.

MG Vidyamandir Painting Contest

“The Malegaon fort, its bazaar, old buildings and structures, the riverfront - though in a very bad shape, all give a spectacular view of the city. I can just imagine what a marvelous city it would have been a century ago”, he said.

The artists were in the city to participate in the “Chitra-Kala Sparda” - painting and artwork competition, part of various programs organized by MG Vidyamandir to celebrate the 33rd birthday of Advay Hiray Patil – local BJP leader and son of former minister in Maharashtra government Prashant Hiray.

According to Pradip Sonawane, the in-charge, a total of 131 contestants from different parts of Maharashtra participated in the state level competition.

The competition was divided in two categories one was open for artists – professionals and college teachers both, and the other was only for the students.

“Of the total 131 who participated in the contest, 91 were students from various fine art colleges and the remaining 40 were professional artists and some were also teachers”, Sonawane said.

Surendra Jagtap in Malegaon
[Artist and Principal Ruia College of Fine Art Mumbai Suerndra Jagtap addressing the prize distribution ceremony on Tuesday December 19, 017.]

The names of winners were declared in a glittering ceremony late in the evening Tuesday.  A total 11 prizes in different categories were conferred on the winners.

In the open competition participated by 40 artists, the first prize of Rs.10001 and citation went to Hari Shivaji Donge of Nashik. Suresh Pannalal bagged the second prize of Rs.7001 and citation whereas the third prize of Rs.5001 and citation went to Shirke Gajanan.

Consolation prizes in the open category were conferred on Pravin Krande and More Sandesh Jairam.

In the students’ category, first prize of Rs.7001 and citation went to Siddharth Ramesh, second prize of Rs.5001 went to  Atul Kisanrao and third prize of Rs.3001 was bagged by Pramod Dattatray.

The winners of consolation prizes in the students’ category were Swapnil Bhagwant, Prashant Kishore and Rakesh Patil.

“All portraits and artworks were so perfect that it was very difficult for us to judge”, Surendra Jagtap, Principal of Ruia College of Fine Arts, said while addressing the prize distribution ceremony.

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