Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City

Creativity in times of isolation


Veteran painter-teacher Prem Singh had an inspiring interactio­n with artists and art lovers on the importance of ‘Channellin­g isolation into creativity’ in an online slideshow and talk organised by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi.

Showing his artworks made amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the artist said, “Being an artist, it was not an easy situation for me to remain in self-isolation and maintain social distancing for such a long period. Creativity is instinctiv­e and cannot be quarantine­d. In the beginning, I felt a bit sad, stifled, and caged. To live a life in a house without doors is an uphill task.”

“However,” he added, “as the days progressed, I found that physical distancing may isolate one but imaginatio­n is like a free spirit that can roam around across the globe.” The artist who spent a lifetime in the Chandigarh now lives in Delhi, but was visiting the city when lockdown began and was compelled to stay here in his home along with his wife.

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