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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity of meeting Mr. Vitthal Shanbagh- artist, sculptor, painter and an ex-HOD of the sculpture department at the J. J. School of Arts and have a conversation with him about the inseparable relation between art and the Hindu religion.
Mr. Shanbagh, a firm believer in God, resides in the Parleshwar temple, Vile Parle. He sculpts the Ganesha idol that is worshiped in the temple during Ganesh Chaturthi.
I approached him and told him that I wanted to know more about the art of sculpting Ganesha idols, without getting into the religious details of the festival. To this he said to me, “It is almost impossible to separate the two.” “This,” he said, “is because, the Hindu religion is based entirely on art.” Initially I did not understand what he was trying to say. However he later explained to me, that, “our Gods are a…

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