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Brush with history

A group of nature lovers and artists gather on Sundays at various Mumbai sites of historical importance or natural beauty to translate what they see on canvas. Photographer Uday Devrukhkar took these pictures

Art and nature lovers belonging to a group called Sanskar Bharti have been coming together since 2005, to spend time together on a Sunday morning as they observe, sketch and draw what they see.

The Sanskar Bharti group gives life to landscape
The Sanskar Bharti group gives life to landscape

Started in 1984, Sanskar Bharti, which is associated with art, performance, sculpture, photography and painting, takes members to various natural spots and man-made structures for mixed experiences.

Crevices form sitting rooms for these artists
Crevices form sitting rooms for these artists

They have been to Kanheri Caves in Borivali National Park, Jogeshwari Caves, Mahakali Caves in Andheri and Elephanta Caves, where they sketch what they see. They have also visited Hutatma Chowk, Gateway of India and CST to sketch and paint these places.

Finding a perch inside the Jogeshwari Caves to start sketching
Finding a perch inside the Jogeshwari Caves to start sketching

The group is a mix of college students, working people and senior citizens, with both men and women who practice art as a hobby and as a profession.

When art and poetry lift the heart
When art and poetry lift the heart

Events are usually marked out at the beginning of the year, and then, members go to scheduled places to give creative expression to what they see.

Where history holds its secrets and speaks to them
Where history holds its secrets and speaks to them

Finding a spot to put down one's materials and talk through canvas
Finding a spot to put down one's materials and talk through canvas

Art materials on display as a young man begins his work in the Jogeshwari Caves
Art materials on display as a young man begins his work in the Jogeshwari Caves

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