Sadanand Bakre

(b. 1920) Born in 1920 in Baroda, Sadanand Bakre joined the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1939, and began his experiments with sculpture simply because he could not afford the materials needed for the painting course at the time. He was one of the founder members of the Progressive Artists' Group in 1948. In the following year, at the exhibition of the Bombay Art Society, his entry was awarded the Silver Medal for the best sculpture. He has had one-man shows at Gallery One (London) in 1959, the Centaur Gallery (Mumbai) in 1962 and at the Commonwealth Institute in 1961. He has also exhibited in many galleries in Europe and the United States. Both a painter and a sculptor, he lived on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra at Murud-Harnai. Although he gave up working several years ago (except for the occasional clay figurine or wood carving he works on for himself), he was still active in several other ways. He made his own tools and instruments for tending his populous fruit and vegetable gardens, for brick laying and working on the upkeep of his quaint house. Sadanand Bakre passed away in 2007.