Vadodara: Selected works of Kalaguru Ravi Shankar M Rawal and Somalal Shah are being displayed in the exhibition hall of the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University from Wednesday.
The exhibition has been organized by the Department of Painting in association with the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Akademi as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations. Padma Shri awardee Professor Jyoti Bhatt inaugurated the exhibition, which will remain open till October 1.
Born in Bhavnagar, Rawal was a cultural entrepreneur. A painter, painter, teacher and an art writer, Rawal founded many forums and institutions of art. Referred to as the Kalaguru of Gujarat, he was also instrumental in bringing the Faculty of Fine Arts to Vadodara.
Born in Kapadvanj on the other hand, Shah studied briefly at Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai before continuing his studies in Vadodara under the guidance of Pramodkumar Chattopadhyay and the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata.
With Rawal’s advice, Shah began teaching at Dakshinamurthy School in Bhavnagar and joined Alfred High School in the same city. His work is known for the pastoral scenes of Saurashtra. Dr Jayaram Poduwal, Acting Dean of the Faculty, said, “The warmth and beauty captivate the common man and the connoisseur.