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The Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA) was formed in 2001, following the workshops conducted by Mr Robert King, Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, UK, who was invited to India by the Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF). The workshops were conducted by Mr King at Mumbai in association with the JJ School of Arts, and at Pune in association with the Nag Foundation. The response to the two workshops by participating artists was immense and spontaneous, and SIMA was born as a sister organization to IMF.

Over the years since it was formed in 2001, SIMA members have taken part in several workshops at locations near the sea and water-bodies around Pune, such as at Mumbai with the Indian Navy, NDA Khadakwasla, Alibag, Alandi, Lonavala and so on. Several Exhibitions have also been held annually to showcase the seascapes painted by SIMA artists, at Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Empress Gardens, Art 2Day Gallery, etc.

Membership of SIMA is open to all who are interested in marine art. Entrance Fee Rs 300. Renewal of membership annually in April – Rs 150. In 2010 there were about 85 members.

OYSTER is the bi-annual news-letter of SIMA. The Latest Issue, Volume 22, No. 01 has been published. Oyster is currently edited by Mr. Shailesh Sonawane.

  • Oyster Vol. 22 No. 2
    15 Feb 2019-15 Aug 2019
  • Oyster Vol. 22 No. 1
    15 Aug 2018-15 Feb 2019
  • Oyster Vol. 21 No. 2
    15 Feb 2018-15 Aug 2018
  • Oyster Vol. 21 No. 1
    15 Feb 2017-15 feb 2018
  • Oyster Vol. 20 No. 1
    15 Feb 2017-15 Aug 2017
  • Oyster Vol. 18 No. 1
    15 Feb 2015-15 Aug 2015
  • Oyster Vol. 17 No. 2
    15 Aug 2014-15 Feb 2015
  • Oyster Vol. 17 No. 1
    15 Feb 2014-15 Aug 2014
  • Oyster Vol. 16 No. 2
    15 Feb 2013-15 Aug 2013
  • Oyster Vol. 15 No. 1
    16 Aug 2012 - 15 Feb 2013
  • Oyster Vol. 14 No. 2
    15 Feb 2012 - 15 Aug 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 13 No. 2
    15 Aug 2011 - 15 Feb 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2010 - 15 Feb 2011
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2009 - 15 Feb 2010

The Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA) was formed in 2001, following the workshops conducted by Mr Robert King, Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, UK, who was invited to India by the Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF). The workshops were conducted by Mr King at Mumbai in association with the JJ School of Arts, and at Pune in association with the Nag Foundation. The response to the two workshops by participating artists was immense and spontaneous, and SIMA was born as a sister organization to IMF.

Over the years since it was formed in 2001, SIMA members have taken part in several workshops at locations near the sea and water-bodies around Pune, such as at Mumbai with the Indian Navy, NDA Khadakwasla, Alibag, Alandi, Lonavala and so on. Several Exhibitions have also been held annually to showcase the seascapes painted by SIMA artists, at Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Empress Gardens, Art 2Day Gallery, etc.

Membership of SIMA is open to all who are interested in marine art. Entrance Fee Rs 300. Renewal of membership annually in April – Rs 150. In 2010 there were about 85 members.

OYSTER is the bi-annual news-letter of SIMA. The latest issue, Volume 14, No 2, was published in August 2012

  • Oyster Vol. 14 No. 2
    15 Feb 2012 - 15 Aug 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 13 No. 2
    15 Aug 2011 - 15 Feb 2012
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2010 - 15 Feb 2011
  • Oyster Vol. 11 No. 2
    15 Aug 2009 - 15 Feb 2010

The Society of Indian Marine Artists (SIMA), organized its Annual Art Exhibition of Seascapes at Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Pune from Tuesday, the 12th to the 14th of March, 2019. The theme was “Life on a Seashore and Ships in the Sea” and included India’s Coastal Heritage- Seashores, Ships, Forts, Temples, Monuments, Fishing Villages etc. Mr.Ashwini Malhotra, Managing Director, Weikfield Foods Pvt. Ltd. Was the Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony. The exhibition included beautiful paintings made in Oils, Acrylics, Water colours & Pencil on Paper by Shailesh Sonawane, Hina Bhatt, Hoshnar Kaikobad, Nandkishore Dhadnekar, Prateek Tandon & many others. School children’s artworks and seascape photography was also on display & sale. The event received good response from the public and wide publicity in the media.

SIMA members gathered at Peacock bay at the National Defence Academy in January 2016 for their seascapes workshop. Among the participants were all our enthusiastic art stalwarts, including Shailesh Sonawane, Hoshnar Kaikobad, Prateek Tandon and Deepshikha. Shailesh obliged the group by conducting a demo on how to paint a seascape. Unfortunately the Cadets from the Art Club of NDA, though expected, were unable to attend the demo due to another unforeseen commitment. It was a day spent enjoyably in the calmness of the Academy on a Sunday, with a gentle, cool breeze on the banks of the Khadakwasla Lake. We express our gratitude to VAdm G Ashok Kumar, Commandant, for giving his approval for us to visit NDA and our thanks go to the staff of the Naval Training Team for giving us all help during the day.

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Jr SIMA is back in action with great enthusiasm. Under the new office bearers Avani and Deepiksha, Jr. SIMA organised its 1st inaugural programme on 24th April, 2019 - a Puppet Show and a workshop on puppet making. Ms. Avani has taken charge as the new secretary of Jr. SIMA from the month of March 2019 and Ms. Deepshikha as the Jt. secretary from April 2019. We welcome Avani and Deepiksha and wish them success. The puppet show - "Marionette" was organised at the Akruti Art House, Viman Nagar. Volunteers for the show were: Meenal Upadhyay (SIMA Member), Keren (Jr. SIMA Member), Shaunak (Jr. SIMA Member). Meenal guided the kids to make their own hand puppets. SIMA members who were present on the occasion were : - Mrs. Jayanti, Mr. Hoshnar, Mr. Vikram Nabar, and the SIMA office manager - Mrs. Julie Mathew

Thanks to Mr. Nishant Bhinganiya for the pictures and Mr. Hoshnar (Jt. Secretary - SIMA) for the video

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85 School children participated in an exhibition of seascapes, and an on-the-spot painting competition at Empress Garden on Saturday, 23rd November 2014.

The theme of the competition was "Life on a beach" and "Life in the oceans". The participants took part in 3 categories age-wise.

Prizes were awarded and all participants received a certificate. An ocean quiz was conducted and there was a demonstration by Mr. Satish Sarawate, a senior artist on how to paint a seascape. There were refreshments for children and their parents. A fun morning conducted by SIMA every year by junior SIMA secretary, Anuradha Thakur and Ekta Agarwal assisted by SIMA managing committee members.

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In November 2008 Junior SIMA organised an Exhibition of Seascapes and a painting competition at the Empress Garden. 100 school children participated. Since then Junior SIMA Exhibitions have been regulary organized at the Empress Garden each year in November. The last one was held in Nov 2014.

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Junior SIMA was formed in 2006 to encourage school children to learn to paint seascapes, thereby getting them to become sea-minded, the prime objective of the IMF. Presently there are over 50 members. Mrs Anuradha Thakur, herself an art teacher for school children, is the Secretary of Junior SIMA. The aim is to increase the membership of Junior SIMA substantially in the future through exhibitions, workshops, painting competitions, demonstrations, etc.