Indumati Sathé was born in India in August 1917. She first enrolled at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London during 1937-1938. Her father J. L. Sathé worked in the Indian Civil Service in Benares, U.P. During her first year at the Slade she lived in lodgings in Highgate, North London. She enrolled on a full time course in drawing, painting and modelling. She received a certificate in sculpture during 1937-38. She won equal first in June 1939 in the head sculpture category, and a £5 certificate in the history of art. She continued at the Slade into the 1939-1940 year, and so lived in Oxford when the Slade relocated due to the war. She received a university diploma in fine art in 1940. Sathé travelled to Bombay from Liverpool on 15 June 1940; the address where she lived in 1940 was 41 Tavistock Square in Bloomsbury and she was described as being a student.
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