A wide palette

Rohan Dahivale's art combines the beauty of Madhubani,Warli and Egyptian art

Written by Akanksha Ramgopal | Published: May 3, 2012 3:59 am

Rohan Dahivale’s art combines the beauty of Madhubani,Warli and Egyptian art

The simple name of this artist’s exhibition says a lot about him. ‘Exhibition by Rohan Dahivale’,on at Yashwantrao Chavan Art Gallery from May 4 to 6,will combine the incredible traditional art forms of Madhubani,Egyptian art and Warli. “I started painting Madubani and Warli in my X standard. The Egyptian style I started recently,” says Dahivale,an assistant professor in Rajgad Institute of Management Research and Development,Dhankawadi. “Whenever I get free time,I paint. I never sell or gift my paintings although the demand is good. I kept collecting my work as it was my dream to have a solo exhibition. Even now,none of my paintings are for sale.” The solo exhibition is the realisation of a dream shared by his mother,and his teacher,Rajlakshmi,23 years ago.

“My parents wanted me to pursue a course in Graphic Design,but I decided to pursue engineering and then MBA,since I had a good academic base

“I like Madhubani the most. It’s a simple art form with no hard and fast rules,and it also has a rich mythological history. It is believed that this style originated at the time of Ramayana,when king Janak commissioned artists from nearby villages to do paintings during his daughter’s wedding,goddess Sita to Lord Rama,” explains Dahivale.

One of his paintings has an interesting mix of Warli and the bright colours of Madhubani paintings. Another piece depicts Cleopatra against a pink background. “Even though the rules of Egyptian paintings are quite strict,I just felt the colour would really suit her,as she was one of the most beautiful queens of her time,” says Dahivale.

Dahivale remains keen to learn more artistic styles. “I want to learn more Indian styles like Kalamkari,miniature and Tanjore. I have tried for one painting of each of these forms in my exhibition already,but I would like to learn it in detail. There are also various art forms from Assam,the Pahadi style,Jain Laghu painting,Rajasthani style. I even want to paint the entire story of Ramayana in Madhubani style. So much to learn and do,life is just so short,” he says.

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