Sawlaram Haldankar

Sawlaram Haldankar

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Sawlaram Haldankar Biography

Sawlaram Haldankar alias Sawlaram Lakshman Haldankar or simply S. H. Haldankar was a renowned artist and painter who lived in Maharashtra during 1882–1968 period. He hailed from Sawantwadi, which was then a Princely State of Maharashtra. A student of the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay, he was an accomplished artist in both watercolors and oils, with a special mastery over portraits. His works can be found in several prominent museums in different parts of the country. He is the artist behind the masterpiece painting, Glow of Hope.


Glow of Hope, alternately titled "Woman with the Lamp", is a famous painting by S. L. Haldankar often misinterpreted as a work of Raja Ravi Varma. The woman in the picture holding the lamp is none other than his daughter Gita Haldankar who died most recently in 2018. Gita was 16 or 17 years old then, when Haldankar made this painting. She was lighting lamps on an auspicious occasion of Diwali, and trying to protect the lamp from wind when Haldankar got inspired by her appearance and portrayed on big canvas. Geeta became his model for the next three days and he made this painting in water colour. Glow of Hope is still regarded as one of the finest paintings made by an Indian artist, and still popular.


Sawlaram Haldankar was born in Sawantwadi, Maharashtra. His talent as an artist was first spotted by the headmaster of his school, who encouraged him to take painting. He also recommended his name to the ruler of the princely state and Raja gave him a scholarship to study at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay. While at art school he got opportunity to study under M. V. Dhurandhar. After studies he worked as a faculty in the same art school for many years, and also exhibited his works in different parts of the country and abroad. He was married at a young age, and among his seven kids - Babanrao Haldankar was a classical musician.

Published: March 01, 2019

Updated: March 01, 2019


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