PAINTING PUNJAB PRETTY
Jagdeep Singh is the son of a granthi (one who reads Guru Granth Sahib, the religious scripture of Sikhs) from Faridkot. He was always fascinated by colours. At 17, Jagdeep had to quit studies and work as his father lost his eyesight. He started painting walls in his village to eke out a living. He soon moved to Chandigarh to study at an art school and did odd jobs to pay his fees. “I didn’t have money to eat. It was a very tough time. But I had to succeed and with god’s grace, I managed”, says Jagdeep. He started getting art assignments from 1469, Harinder Singh’s design studio in Delhi. Today, his paintings depicting rural Punjab are sold worldwide, and his patrons include Punjabis living across the globe who get a slice of their home state through his canvas.