Thursday , 14 June 2018
The portraits by an architect

The portraits by an architect

Naguesh Rao Sardessai

‘Portraits’, an exhibition of pen and ink portraits executed by architect Yogesh Prabhugaonkar will be on view at the Black Box of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao.

Over two thousand portraits of personalities ranging from nationally acclaimed figures to famous Goan individuals to his friends will be on display. In spite of being a busy and successful architect with noted projects to credit, Yogesh takes time off to pursue his childhood passion – painting.

Encouraged by his educationist father – Fati Phabhugaonkar – he focused on being an artist or an architect from a very early age. Earning a degree from the Goa College of Architecture, Yogesh initially worked with K D Sadhale where he got his basics in practical implementation of technical rules.

Soon after that, in the year 1997, Yogesh branched out on his own and set up his private practice. ‘Shree Laxmi Temple’ at Sanvorcotto, Cuncolim; ‘Parashuram-Narsimha Temple’ in Poinguinim, Canacona; besides such other temples have been reconstructed and restored by Yogesh.

He was commissioned by Ravi Prabhu, the current deputy director general – Research, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kenya, to construct his environmental friendly house in Canacona that functions on natural energy.

Two decades into this business, his original craving to practice fine art came to fore. Basics of art, instilled by his school drawing teacher, Balkrishna Ayya, who was an accomplished artist and sculptor, got the best out of him. Beginning to sketch portraits of his friends at the onset of 2016, Yogesh went on to produce a portrait a day of personalities that ranged from actors to politicians to sportspersons.

The show will showcase portraits of Swami Vivekanand, Bakibab Borkar, Ram Manohar Lohia, Amitabh Bhachchan and Sachin Tendulkar to name a few.

Goan sportswoman and young International Badminton star Anura Santosh Prabhudessai will be exhibited as an inspiration for young aspiring sportspersons. Goan political personalities that have not left the attention of Yogesh are Rohan Khaunte, Narendra Sawaikar and Vijay Sardessai. ‘I’m largely indebted to Sudin and Deepak Dhavalikar in many ways for being supportive of my endeavour and as sucha their portrait is my way of expressing gratitude,’ says Yogesh.

Having received commendations and words of praises from famous artistes, such as Subodh Bhave, Rahul Deshpande. Nana Patekar and Ajit Kadkade, Yogesh has realised the reach of his art. He has many years to go and we are sure to see him achieve greater heights.

(The show will be on view at the Black Box of Ravindra Bhavan, Margao on April 22.)


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