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Many moods of Mumbai

Artist Chandrashekhar Marathe features 22 spots in the city as part of an exhibition that commences today.

art and culture Updated: Jan 09, 2012 16:01 IST
Sneha Mahale

It started off as seven small islands. Today, Mumbai is a burgeoning metropolis that many feel has lost its old world charm. Not for Chandrashekhar Marathe. The artist, who has been living in the city for the past 54 years, feels that it still retains enough vibrancy to ensure that any artist worth his palette would be tempted to put it on paper or canvas.

His latest exhibition, Mumbai Landscapes 2, begins today and features 22 watercolour paintings featuring places like Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Kotachiwadi, CST and Flora Fountain.

“There could be a debate about whether this city has lost its past glory, but I think, in many ways, it has retained its charm. And one can see it in places such as Khotachiwadi in Girgaum, the small alleys of Bandra and Juhu or the Fisherman Colony in Mahim, Worli or Malad,” says Marathe, adding that the structures and bustling streets of Mumbai have always fascinated him and through this show, he has depicted various locales, moods and people of this city.

Ask him if any particular spot inspires him, and he says, “Mumbai has such a vast landscape that it’s difficult to say which locale is my favourite or point out one that inspires me. But monuments like CST, Flora Fountain were very challenging and enjoyable.”

Some paintings on display even depict the city at night, a facet of Mumbai that Marathe finds “captivating”. “Unfortunately, it’s not possible to paint at these spot at night. So I sketched at night, took some snaps for reference and completed the paintings at home. But I would certainly love to paint a series on Mumbai by night,” he says.

And if a particular painting intrigues, you could also buy your own copy. “The paintings are priced according to the work involved but they range from Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000.”