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V.N. O'key Collection

V.N. O'key, 1917-1998 (Biography) was a versatile artist, photographer, socialist, and traveler left behind a large archive of posters, pen and ink portraits, and photographs of his travels across Indian subcontinent. 

This primary source of research of India is made possible through a donation of T.N. Shenoy for Kamat Research Database.

The Wrinkles
Portrait by V.N. O'key
Growing Old in Himalayas
Gandhi in his Ashram
Smiling Gandhi
Photograph by V.N. O'key, circa 1945

Detail from a Fresco of
Celestial Women
Tribals of Bastar
Tribal Community at Bastar
Photograph by V.N. O'key, circa 1959

Pair of Iguanas
Reptile Love
Life in the Himalayas
Himalayan Laborers

Himalayan Peaks
O'key was a frequest visitor to the Himalayas
Himalayan Mountains
Pilgrimage to Himalayas
Hindu Shrine at Himalayas

Masscare at Banda Border
15th of August, 1955, Goa
Okey Picture Archive
Posters of Indias History
Attack on Satara Police Station

"Simon, Go Back!!"
Simon Commision Protests
V.N. Okey Collection
A Socialist Poster from India
Poster designed by V.N. O'key

Half Native, Half Western
Notice the neck-tie and collar, and the waist cloth and turban worn by this man from Mercara
Attire of a Coorgi Gentleman
Nature Photographs by Okey
Miss Blue Neck
Picture of an Indian Peacock

Statue of Shivaji Riding a Horse
Statue of Shivaji Maharaj
Paintings of OKey
Call of a Comrade
Watercolor painting by V.N. O'key

Baba Nand Singh
Pen and ink drawing by V.N.O'key
Sikh Saint Baba Nand Singh
Lohia Starts Hind Kisan Panchayat
Poster of "Hind Kisan Panchayat", 1949

Harold Laski and G.D.H. Cole
Pen and ink portraits by V.N. O'key
Leading Political Theorists
Subhas Chandra Bose
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
Ink and Pen Portrait by V.N. O'key

Hirve Guruji - A Martyr for Goa
Pen and ink portrait by V.N. O'key
Hirve Guruji
Schumachar and Luxenburg
Pen and ink Portraits European Marxist Leaders
Kurt Schumachar and Rosa Luxemberg

Communal Frenzy on the Eve of Partition
Picture of a 1950 Poster remembering the Partition of India
The Partition of India
Himalayan Journeys of Okey
An Abandoned Outpost
Somewhere in the Himalayas

Spotted Deer in Patna Zoo
State of Bihar, North India
Animals in Patna Zoo
The White Bengal
White Tiger
Patna Zoo, Bihar

Himalayan Tourists
Pictures of Himalayan Expeditions

See Also:

  • "As I Knew O'key" -- Socialist collegaue N.G. Goray remembers silent worker V.N. O'key.


A historically important collection of the works of V.N. Shenoy "Okey", depicting the life in India during the early part of the 20th century. It includes India's Freedom Struggle, Socialist Movements, Tribal Life and many journeys to the Himalayas.
O'key Collection | Biography of V.N. O'key | Pen & Ink Portraits
Half Native, Half WesternMiss Blue NeckStatue of Shivaji Riding a HorseCall of a ComradeBaba Nand SinghPoster of  Hind Kisan Panchayat, 1949
Harold Laski and G.D.H. ColeNetaji Subhas Chandra BoseHirve GurujiPen and ink Portraits European  Marxist LeadersCommunal Frenzy on the Eve of PartitionAn Abandoned Outpost
Spotted Deer in  Patna  ZooMasscare at Banda BorderA Socialist Poster from IndiaAttack on Satara Police StationHindu Shrine at HimalayasHimalayan Peaks
Tribal Community at BastarDetail from a Fresco of AjantaHimalayan LaborersHimalayan TouristsThe WrinklesSmiling Gandhi
Pair of IguanasSimon, Go Back!!White Tiger


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