These artists are keeping a dying art alive

Parched,dry Sukhna Lake may be a disappointment to visitors this summer,but over a dozen artists are making pencil sketches of people and providing them unique memoirs.

Written by Manika Ahuja | Chandigarh | Published:June 8, 2012 2:10 am

Parched,dry Sukhna Lake may be a disappointment to visitors this summer,but over a dozen artists are making pencil sketches of people and providing them unique memoirs.

Oblivious of noise and admiring eyes,these experienced,professional and amateur artists have thronged the vicinity of Sukhna Lake in huge numbers.

Jasbir Singh is among the fourteen artists who are putting life onto canvas. He lost his left eye and paralyzed his left hand during his childhood. However,that did not deter him from pursuing his passion. One finds superb coordination when he commands visitors to keep looking at his left shoulder,while he draws their sketches. Within minutes,he draws a portrait; bringing smiles on the faces of men,women and children.

“I had made a sketch of Film Star Shah Rukh Khan when he was a struggling artist. Then I came back to Patiala and professionally began making sketches. Professor Surinder who used to sit at lake to make portraits asked me to start working from here and I enjoy this work.” says Jasbir Singh.

Singh,with a twinkle in his eyes says that his idols are M.F Hussain and one,Satish Gujral; whom he had met at Triveni Kala Bhawan.

Another artist Surya Bhan,Bachelor of Fine Arts from Lucknow University says that he has been visiting Sukhna Lake in order to make pencil portraits of people for a decade now. He asserted that it pained his heart to find the lake in such a pathetic state. He said that on an average it took him nearly fifteen minutes to complete a single sketch and about ten people came to him for the same daily.

Kamlesh Uniyal who hails from Dehradun has also been a regular artist at the Sukhna Lake. He said that he started his work in Kurukshetra but turned to Chandigarh,hoping for a greater response here. Foreign tourists love his work and take pencil sketches created by him,along with his signature to their motherlands,says Uniyal.

Jashan Jot Singh of Mandi Gobindgarh who was here at the Sukhna Lake with his family said that “old is Gold,as pencil sketches are more natural than the pictures produced from Digital Camera’s.” Citing his opinion pertaining to the deteriorating condition of the Sukhna Lake,he said that it was the result of human indifference towards nature.

Having her roots in Bathinda,Gursharan Kaur who has been a regular visitor of Sukhna Lake opined that “pencil sketches are more original and we should try to keep this dying art alive.”

Kanwal Rup Kaur from Amritsar stated that she had gone in for the pencil portrait since these were wonderful and would act as reminiscence of her unforgettable memories associated with the Sukhna Lake.

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