Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

A bandage for the art world
Out of sight, out of mind. This phrase, unfortunately, rings true in the art world too. One such case was eminent 80-year-old artist Vasant Wankhede, who succeeded to on Sunday, due to kidney failure.

A work from Divya Leela, Wankhede’s exhibition of fabric collage presented by Gallery Art & Soul
A work from Divya Leela, Wankhede’s exhibition of fabric collage presented by Gallery Art & Soul

“He was a marvellous painter but sadly, he was not as recognised as his contemporaries,” rues leading abstract artist Prabhakar Kolte, who has shown many slideshows of Wankhede’s work to his students at Sir JJ School of Art; the institute also happened to be the alma mater of the late artist.

Artist Vasant WankhedeArtist Vasant Wankhede

In a career spanning four decades (1965 onwards), Wankhede’s oeuvre comprised black-and-white water-colour works, canvas paintings, collages as well as abstract art using media like bandage and cloth. This became his trademark style.

“He would say that these media reflected his ideas,” shares Kolte about the artist’s minimalist work that has been showcased in galleries across India and in Muscat. “However, he was never interested in promoting himself or even socialising. He was shy and modest, someone who concentrated only on his work,” he recalls.


mid-day photographer Pradeep Dhivar
clicks a contestant at the triathlon that was a part of the ongoing mid-day Bandra’s Got Spice event. It has got residents of the Queen of Suburbs in high spirits with fun events lined up until November 15. Flip to page 26 to figure what’s on the itinerary today.

mid-day and WSD say, go click
The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) is ready with its Heart Of Giving Calendar 2016 that celebrates the power that comes with the act of sharing. mid-day and WSD now bring you an opportunity to be part of this project. Mail us photographs of a friendly street dog or cat from your area.

Week 1 Winner: This frame was sent by mid-day reader Forum Gandhi from Girgaum. This cat lives in the bylanes of heritage precinct Khotachi Wadi. She has two kittens (not in photo) and spends her time feeding them while the rest of her day is spent staring upwards — as if chatting with someone up there, says Gandhi.
Week 1 Winner: This frame was sent by mid-day reader Forum Gandhi from Girgaum. This cat lives in the bylanes of heritage precinct Khotachi Wadi. She has two kittens (not in photo) and spends her time feeding them while the rest of her day is spent staring upwards — as if chatting with someone up there, says Gandhi.

Tell us the story behind their name, a touching anecdote, or a special trait. Starting this week, we will print the best photograph for every week selected from entries received until the end of 2015. The photographer
of the winning frame will be gifted a WSD Calendar

2016. Email: wsdindia@gmail.com with your photo entries
Diwali Special: Drop by for a special WSD garage sale on Thursday, November 12 (10 am to 8 pm) to pick from a range of goodies including T-shirts, mugs, pillows, towels, bags (jute, cloth and canvas), stationary, (book-marks, gift-tags, notebooks), doggie mattresses and more.
At: Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road.

Dr Vjayanthimala Bali

The icon makes a comeback
Veteran actress and dancer 79-year-old Dr Vjayanthimala Bali gave a memorable performance in a skit, Navavidha Rama Bhakthi, from the Ramayana at Sion’s Shanmukhananda Hall on Sunday. The evening was a part of Shanmukhananda’s Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha dance festival.

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