Bombay Art Society

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Bombay Art Society
Formation1888; 132 years ago (1888)
TypeArt Organisation
PurposeArt Promotion
  • Bandra Reclamation, Bandra West, Mumbai
Coordinates19.051725N 72.832775E

The Bombay Art Society is a non-profit art organization based in Mumbai. The institution was founded in 1888 for encouraging and promoting art. Most of the renowned artists on India's art scene have been associated with the Bombay Art Society in some way.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the Bombay Art Society, in Mumbai on February 13, 2016. The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis and others are also seen.


For some five or six years after the foundation of the Society in 1888, the Exhibits of the European Artists preponderated over those of the Indian Artists as shown by the catalogues of the Annual Exhibitions. This was natural as The Sir J.J. School of Art was then in its first stages of development, but in course of time as taste for the acquisition of art as a profession was developed under able Principals of the School of Art, like Messrs. Terry, and Griffiths, and by the publicity given to Indian Artists by the Bombay Art Society, the School of Art produced a band of Indian Artists. The number of works by Indian Artists exhibited in subsequent years at the Society's Annual Exhibition later considerably increased, while under British Rule.


The society has operated in the Jehangir Art Gallery since 1952, which is also the regular venue for the Society's Annual Exhibitions. During the Society's Centenary year in 1990 veteran artist and the then president of the Society K. K. Hebbar and the committee took the initiative for the complex. The Prime Minister then Shri Rajiv Gandhi through Maharashtra Government has gifted a piece of land in Bandra, Mumbai for the complex which is now ready.[needs update]

A number of awards and medals are given by the society. The Bendre-Husain Scholarship for encouraging and supporting emerging artists, instituted in 1989/1990, was donated by artist M.F. Husain. Recipients of the Roopadhar award for lifetime achievement include Sadanand Bakre (2004) and Tyeb Mehta (2007).[1] [2]

Architecture and design[edit]

Architect Sanjay Puri designed the building with inspiration from Cubist sculptures and resembles European expressionist architecture, which will house three galleries.

Managing committee[edit]

  • Rajendra Patil - President
  • Manoj Joshi - Vice-President
  • Anil Naik - Chairman
  • Chandrajit Yadav - Secretary
  • Nilesh Kinkale - Joint Secretary
  • Surendra Jagtap - Treasurer
  • Anil Abhange
  • Ajinkya Chaulkar
  • Ganpat Bhadke
  • Madhavi Gangan
  • Narendra Vichare
  • Ratnadeep Adivrekar
  • Shrikant Kadam


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