The Shirgaonkar Studio, a witness to the birth of countless ‘bronze lives’, is highly distinguished and much noted for its accuracy and realistic depiction. The figures are not mere mute statues; they are unparalleled in their liveliness. The elegance, tremendous sophistication and artistry of the sculptures leave one mesmerized.
Shirgaonkar Studio was set up by Mr. Ramchandra Shirgaonkar in the year 1964. Mr. Jayprakash R Shirgaonkar, his son recalls – “Since the time I saw my father, making statues with a lot of passion and dedication, I knew I wanted to do the same. It intrigued me- what he could do with the clay in his hand – giving shape to his dreams, transforming abstract ideas into reality, both literally and figuratively. A man with the Midas touch, he breathed life into lifeless lumps of clay. The final exquisite sculpture always left me amazed. The happiness and the satisfaction he gained out of it are indescribable.”
Armed with a soul full of dreams, his passion and talent for making sculptures, Mr. Ramchandra Shirgaonkar, came to Mumbai from Chiplun. After graduating in Fine Arts from JJ School of Arts with a gold medal, he forayed into the world of films where he worked for about 18 years. He won accolades for his master craftsmanship in the construction of sets for movies such as Mughal-E-Azam, Udan Khatola and Mother India.
Soon he bid adieu to the tinsel town of movies to start his own workshop at Andheri, where he could make sculptures, statues and models. Realizing that his son shared a keen interest in his art, he trained his son himself. As Mr. Jayprakash reminiscences, “That set off the realization of another dream- my journey into the world of the fine art of making statues and figures. The journey still continues and has indeed been an extremely exhilarating and an entirely satisfying one.” Jayendra Shirgaonkar, his son, is as passionate, keen and intense about the work. “I can relive my own passion, experience, the same devotion and dedication through his eyes”, states Mr. Jayprakash. “I am able to feel his rapture and fervor. He is keen and eager to make his own mark in the field and take this Art of making sculptures to new heights.”