About me

Sateesh Paknikar is an Indian advertising and industrial photographer. He is known for his exquisite photographs of Indian Classical Singers & instrumentalists.


Sateesh Paknikar has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a specialization in Motion picture physics from S. P. College Pune (1983). He has a Master’s degree in Physics with Holography as a special subject from, the University of Pune (1985). 


Sateesh Paknikar started his photography career in the year 1983 after his graduation. He started working as an advertising and industrial photographer. He worked extensively as a feature photographer for various periodicals and magazines across India. While working for magazines, he started exploring the world of music. He got engrossed in observing and capturing the intense expressions of artists on stage. It became his passion.

To display his photographs he organized his first-ever theme exhibition in Bal Gandharva art gallery in Pune in the year 1986 which was based on Indian Classical Music. Since 1986 he has individually organized a total of 10 theme exhibitions. Along with the theme exhibitions he has published 24 theme calendars from years 2003 to 2022. Out of which there were three specialized theme calendars for the Nightingale of India – Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar for her circulation published in the years 2011, 2012, 2013.

Sateesh Paknikar has presented 13 solo theme-based photo exhibitions yearly at the world-famous and prestigious Music festival – Sawai Gandharv Bhimsen Music Festival of Pune.

His work is honored by the Indian Post Services. Indian Post used photographs of P. L. Deshpande the famous writer, Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi and Smt. Gangubai Hangal (both Indian Classical singers) was clicked by him for their commemorative stamps. He has contributed to the photography industry and has inspired many budding photographers through his articles published in the Marathi newspaper Lokmat’s ‘Manthan’ supplement under the title ‘ bhingaleela’ in the year 2012 and Saptahik Sakal under column ‘Digitally’ in the year 2017.

He has written anecdotes about celebrities from various fields and their photographs clicked by himself for a supplement ‘Manthan’ in the newspaper Lokmat under the title ‘Prakash Chitranchi Ananda Yatra’. He has also published 4 coffee table books. With his extensive work experience of 39 years, he continues to work as an advertising and industrial photographer.


Symbiosis Photo competition

Merit Certificate at the hands of
Shri. R.K. Laxman – 1989

Trinetra Competition

Nataraj Utsav – Madhya Pradesh Government Merit Certificate – 1991

Communication Circle’s Exhibition of Advertising Pune.

Gold Prize for Photography – 1993

Communication Circle’s Exhibition of Advertising Pune.

Silver Prize for Photography – 1996


Sangeet Prakash Chhaya kalakriti
puraskar - 2019


Rasikagrani Puraskar – 2019


Swarachitranchya Kaathavaratee (1986 - Pune)

Images of artists from the world of Indian Classical Music.

Shraddhnajalee (1993 - Pune)

A tribute to Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur & Pandit Kumar Gandharva.

Swaradhiraj (2001 - Pune)

Salutation to the monarch of Classical music Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Musical Moments (2004 - Pune)

Black & White images of the artists from Indian Classical Music.

Viewfinder (2013 - Pune)

Display of commercial & Industrial photographs from the collection shot during 30 years of his photographic carrier. 

Singing Strings (2018 - Pune)

Expressive images of Maestros String instrumentalists from the world of Classical Music. 

Ya Gojirvanya Gharaat (1989 - Pune)

Expressive photos featuring various activities of children from birth moment to the year 12-13

Monsoon of Melodious Images (1996 - Mumbai NCPA)

Black & White images of the artists from the world of Indian Classical Music.

Stone Scapes (2002 - Mumbai @ NCPA)

Black & White images of the artists from the world of Indian Classical Music.

Bhimsen (2011- Pune)

Musical Reflections with Melodious Expressions of  Bharat Ratna Pandit  Bhimsen Joshi.

Strate-Ecole The Design (2014- Paris)

Cell-O-Graphy”- Photos clicked on cell phone converted to Artworks using editing software.