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Life and works of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar through art exhibition

On 77th birth anniversary of social activist and rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations have been organised by present and past students of Sir JJ School of Art. The exhibition is underway at Sir JJ School of Art at Yashwantrao Chavan Center till November 1.


Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah on Friday inaugurated the art exhibition showcasing the work by 30 artists from the Sir JJ School of Art. The art exhibition has been put together by a group of activists and journalists called \’Friends of Dabholkar\’.

The exhibition titled, \’We Are On Trial\’, commemorates Dabholkar\’s anti-superstition and the pro-science philosophy depicted through the works of young artists. While one art shows a figure in the centre that is caught in a net of superstitious beliefs, another artist through printmaking presents portrait of Dabholkar made from tiny images of his books and photographs. Nearly 2,400 pieces were used in the making of the collage.

For the unversed, in 2013, Narendra Dabholkar was murdered by two gunmen in Pune. On this occasion, journalist Alka Dhupkar said that Dabholkar was looked at only as an \’anti-Hindu activist\’ which is not true. He was anti-superstitious with regards to every religion.

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