Sobha Singh’s fam­ily starts digi­ti­sa­tion of his art­works

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - Naresh K Thakur n naresh.ku­mar4@hin­dus­tan­times.com

DHARAMSHALA: To pre­serve and protect the art work of Sar­dar Sobha Singh, the fam­ily mem­bers of the artist have launched a project to digi­tise his paint­ings.

A fam­ily-run art gallery at An­dretta, a tiny vil­lage in the foothills of the mighty Dhaulad­har Moun­tains where Sobha Singh spent bet­ter part of his life, has many of the his rare orig­i­nal paint­ings avail­able.

Reprints of many of his works are also on dis­play in the gallery.

“We have launched a project to digi­tise the art works of Sobha Singh, who is revered as saint artists by the fol­low­ers,” said Hir­day Paul Singh, the artist’s grand­son and gen­eral sec­re­tary of Sobha Singh Me­mo­rial Art So­ci­ety.

“The sole pur­pose is to protect and pre­serve these rare and in­valu­able paint­ings,” he added.

Hir­day Paul Singh said, RM Singh, a well-known con­tem­po­rary por­trait artist, has vol­un­teered for the project.

Re­cently, Singh was re­cently com­mis­sioned by the Pres­i­dent’s sec­re­tariat, Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van, New Delhi, to paint the of­fi­cial por­trait of the Pres­i­dent of In­dia, Pranab Mukher­jee.

Singh, who con­sid­ers Sobha Singh his guru and fol­lows his re­al­is­tic style of paint­ing, also painted the of­fi­cial por­trait of 12th Pres­i­dent of In­dia Prat­i­bha Patil and Speaker of the 10 Lok Sabha Shivraj Patil.

He is also vice-pres­i­dent of Sobha Singh Me­mo­rial Art So­ci­ety. “The first phase of the project is com­plete in which all ma­jor works and draw­ings with Sobha Singh Art Gallery have been dig­i­talised, ini­tially in raw form,” said Hir­day Paul.

Over 200 paint­ings and draw­ings that are avail­able at the gallery are be­ing digi­tised un­der the project.

“In the sec­ond phase, ar­ti­facts from the per­sonal col­lec­tion of the artist and his other be­long­ings will be digi­tised,” said Hir­day Paul.

Born on November 29, 1901, Sobha Singh set­tled down in An­dretta, 12 kilo­me­tres from Palam­pur in 1949.

He lived in the tiny vil­lage for 38 years paint­ing his mas­ter­pieces which in­clude por­traits of Sikh Gu­rus.

The por­trait he made in hon­our of the 500th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak in 1969 is the one that most peo­ple be­lieve to be the vis­age of Guru Nanak.

Sobha Singh also painted pic­tures of free­dom fight­ers like Kar­tar Singh Sarabha and Bha­gat Singh.

His paint­ings of Sohni-Mahi­wal and Heer-Ran­jha were also very pop­u­lar.

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Over 200 paint­ings and draw­ings avail­able at the gallery are be­ing digi­tised un­der the project.

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