Dr. N.G.Pavanje, an Artist of par excellence ! (1882-1965)

Art Gallery

The Mythic Society has set up an Art gallery, for one of the most illustrious artists of India, Sri N.G Pavanje.  it was inaugurated on 11 March, 2012.

About the collection : The collection in the gallery can be broadly categorized into :

  • Painting done by the Artist,

  • Materials used for painting ,

  • Toys  prepared by artist and

  • Photographs of his family and friends

Paintings : About 39 paintings have been displayed in the gallery on various subjects like paintings of Temples, such as :

1. Halebidu Temple

2. Dharmaraya Temple, Bangalore

3. Vidyashankara Temple, Sringeri,

4. Temple of Chennekeshava temple, Belur

5. Mantapa at Teppekola, Sagara, Shimoga

6. Kempegowda Mantapa.

Portrait of :

  1. Mahatma Gandhiji

  2. Zakir Hussain

  3. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya

Paintings of Puja /Kitchen utensils, flower pots, Nature Paintings, lithographs are displayed. Collection also includes traditional chennapattana toys designed by the artist.

Rare items of the collection include personal items used by the artist like pencils, pens, paint brushes, water colours, ruler/ measuring scale, Passport dated 1929 etc.

The collection also consists of Awards and Distinctions received by the artist like

  • Certification from Vice President of India

  • Recognition letter from Viceroy of British India( Irwin-1929)

  • Award from the Maharaja of Mysore (1941)

  • Felicitation from the Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore.

We also find old photographs of his family and friends displayed in the gallery.

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Biography :

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Dr. Narahari. G. Pavanje, belongs to Karnataka


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Courtesy of http://mythicsociety.org/artgallery/, Bengaluru.

Sri N.Gopalakrishna pavanje (1882-1965)  was born in ‘Yelloor’ village of Dakshina Kannada district and had his early education at Canara High School, Managalore. Trained in the nuances of painting at the J. J. School of Art, Mumbai.

Sri. Pavanje was sent by the Maharaja of Mysore, Sri. Krishnaraja Wodeyar to Germany, from where he obtained his doctoral degree in art from the Universities of Berlin and Leipzig.

He then spent many years in his service of Mysore at the Chamarajendra Technical Institute, Mysore where he taught painting to such luminaries as K. K. Hebbar and R. S. Naidu, Sri Pavanje’s excellence as a painter and artist has been widely acknowledged, though he did not run after fame by projecting himself and never held a single exhibition of his own works.

Pavanje’s  oils as well as water colours show his sensitivity to colour, and the delineation of form in his portraits was almost perfect. His palette did not contain the colours red and black. His specialty was the use of flat brushes, which was the sign of a master painter.

Bangalore Art Society :

Pavanje was founder of the Bangalore Art Society and the guiding spirit behind the establishment of the Chitrakala Parishath at Bangalore.

His paintings today adorn Shri. Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, “The Mysore Palace”, the “Mythic Society, Bangalore”, the family home, and many private collections all over the world (mostly given away by him as gifts).

No better words can sum up Sri Pavanje’s personality than those of his close friend, Dr. Zakir Hussain, former President of India : “Pavanje was a jewel among men, extremely nice and tolerant. Modern art has lost its moorings, but Pavanje had not. He was one of the finest men it has been my privilege to know.”

Smt. Anasuya Pavanje :

Smt. Anasuya pavanje, is the daughter of Shri. N.J.Pavanje, holds a graduate degree in Science, with specialization in Mathematics, and a Master’s degree in Hindi from the University of AlIahabad. Her contribution to the world of arts and crafts is seen in her successful stint as a Member, Crafts Council of Karnataka and as Manager of the Cauvery Arts and Crafts Emporium M. G. Road, Bangalore where she did much to project the arts and crafts of Karnataka to an international clientele.

Smt. Anasuyaji  has published several books of arts :

* A Flower to Blush Unseen:

* Life and Works of N. G. Pavanje(1999)

* Metal Craft of Karnataka (2010).

St.Philomena college of Mysore completed 65 years. Deccan herald news paper reports:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/183971/a-treasure-trove-knowledge.html, A treasure trove of knowledge, 13th, Aug, 2011 By : Eswar Singh R.

In that article, Alumni speak  column :

Anasuya Pavanje’s impressions were documenened : 

“I owe everything what I am today to the college. It has done a lot in shaping my personality. After studying in Good Shepherd school, I took admission to St. Philomena college. Post intermediate, though I was interested in mathematics, I was averse to chemistry. The college did not have system unlike central college in Bangalore, to opt for economics with mathematics”

However, then principal Rev Fr C J Varkey (who was education minister in Rajagopaslachary’s government) changed the entire time table of the college to enable me to attend economics classes as a gesture and regards to my grandfather, ‘Gopalakrishna Pavanje’, who was his teacher, in Mangalore.

He told me that, he owed my grandfather a lot and it was an opportunity for him to return. Such was the college atmosphere where, faculty helped the students in all the way they can.

–Anasuya Pavanje (84), student of first batch of BSc course, Philomena college and daughter of Narahari G Rao Pavanje, principal, then Chamarajendra Technical Institute, Mysore.

Mangalore to-day :

  1. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangaluru/Modern-art-has-its-roots-in-the-tradition-Expert/articleshow/7044890.cms?TOI_browsernotification=true Modern art has its roots in the tradition: Expert

    TNN | Dec 4, 2010, 

2.  http://www.mangaloretoday.com/mainnewsprint/-rsquo-Moods-of-monsoons-rsquo-on-canvas-attracts.html











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