Vinayak Pandurang Karmarkar
विनायक पांडुरंग करमरकर
Born2 October 1891
Died13 June 1967

Vinayak Pandurang Karmarkar (विनायक पांडुरंग करमरकर) (1891–1967), popularly known as Nanasaheb Karmarkar was an Indian artist, famous for his sculptures. [1] He is best known for his statues of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. [2] Karmarkar Museum of Sculpture has been set up at his house in Sasawane village near Alibag. Located 18 kms from on Alibaug-Rewas Road, Maharashtra, India, is a museum where sculptors made by Late Mr. Nanasaheb Karmarkar are displayed in his own bungalow. There about 150 beautifully carved sculptures displayed here.

Early life

His father was a farmer and a bit inclined to music. Vinayak used to carve Ganesh idols during Ganesh festival. Vinayak who used to paint his house walls and make small idols from clay. He was fond of making sculptures right from his childhood. He once made a painting of Chatarapati Shivaji Maharaj on a horse on the walls of the Ram Mandir, which was well appreciated by the Villagers and the District Collector Mr. Otto Rothfield, who later enrolled him in the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Mumbai. He topped the exams and was awarded ‘Lord Mayo’ Medal. The most famous among his other sculptures are 'Shankha-Dhwani', 'Matsya-Kanya' and 'Humjoli'. His style was realistic[3]

Awards and honours

1964 - awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.[4]

1964 - awarded Fellowship by Delhi Lalit Kala Academy



  1. ^ "Sculptors". Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  2. ^ Vinayak Pandurang Karmarkar. Lalit Kala Akademi. 1989.
  3. ^ Gunaji, Milind (2010). Offbeat Tracks in Maharashtra (2 ed.). Mumbai, India: Popular Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-7991-578-3.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013.