Marathi daily Loksatta (लोकसत्ता) reported on July 28 2013 that the late Ms. Durga Bhagwat's (दुर्गा भागवत) portrait would be inaugurated on August 2 2013, tomorrow, at the Durbar hall of Asiatic Society of Mumbai.
The portrait is done by Mr. Suhas Bahulkar (सुहास बहुलकर).
A Marathi TV news channel interviewed Mr. Bahulkar in late July 2013 and, while he was interviewed, one could see the said portrait in the background. Mr. Bahulkar said it was still not finished.
I did NOT like the work-in-progress portrait at all. I did not like the spectacles used by the model. I did not like the slight plumpness of the model...It's likely that the TV screen is deceptive in this regard but I am stating my first impressions of it.
I have seen Mr. Bahulkar's portrait (only face) of S D Phadnis (शि द फडणीस) mounted on the wall of Mr. Phadnis's drawing room and I could not take my eyes off it, even though real Phadnis was sitting next to me!
I like to think of Durgabai as a Marathi middle-class home grown Albert Camus, a young, charming rebel.
I don't like to see her as a wise, kind, scholarly grandma who lived a long life. I know she was both but I am in love with the former.
Therefore, I wish the portrait was made using her following or similar picture.
courtesy: Jaya Dadkar (जया दडकर) and Lalit Magazine (ललित मासिक)