The Mahomaden Pilgrim
Object of the Month- July 2014
‘The Mahomaden Pilgrim’ is the painting by Savalaram Haldankar which won him the gold medal in 1925 in the exhibition of Bombay Art Society. On the mountainous background, an old man draped in shawl is set off for the pilgrimage carrying a huqqa and a bundle. The high points of this painting are the dramatic effect achieved through light and shade. He had a fascination to depict play of light and shadows. Haldankar was a promising student of art since childhood. Inspired by his teacher, N. S. Malankar, he joined Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay as a student in 1903. He was taught by Cecil Burns, Walter Robotham, Ganpatrao Kedari and A. X. Trindade.
After passing from Sir J. J. School of Art, Haldankar soon earned a name as a master portrait painter and began receiving important commissioned works. One such request was from Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru to paint a portrait of Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya, the work now displayed in Parliament House, New Delhi Pt. Nehru also awarded him the title “Kalamaharshi”.