Vasudeo H Pandya
Vasudeo Hiralal Pandya was born in 1896 in the town of Lunawada in Gujarat. After his matriculation, he became a teacher in the local village school. He later moved to Bombay where he lived in a chawl in the district of Tardeo. He met with a European man, who was impressed with his handwriting and recruited Pandya as a document copier in his company. Pandya's boss travelled often to Europe, 22 times often coming back to tell him stories of his travels by ship. Pandya had been drawing by then as a hobby. He was an Amateur painter and his first work was in oil, a standing portrait of the four handed Hindu deity, Shree Vishnu, the preserver of in the Hindu Trinity of Gods - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.