Hundreds of people gathered at the Sector 25 crematorium ground on Sunday to bid adieu to the famous painter, designer and sculptor, Shiv Singh, who breathed his last on June 26.
Singh was paid homage with heavy hearts by his near and dear ones - including his students, who referred him as their Dronacharya - who came from different parts of the region to attend the funeral.
Neeraj Sharma, his student and a city resident said, "I am in deep pain and can't believe he is no more between us. An unbelievable artist and man of words, Shiv Singh's works have been the source of inspiration for the masses. He would always be there in our hearts and in his art works."
Manohar Lal, principal, College of Arts, Chandigarh, who had invited the legendary artist at his college five months ago, said, "We were lucky to have him at the college. Despite his age, he was enthused to do better, always. His death is a major loss to the art world."
Talking about her old association with Shiv Singh, city-based theatre artist Neelam Man Singh said, "His unique art goes beyond the boundaries. I have seen him shaping into a tremendous artist, and his fluid paintings always touched hearts. He created magic with hues and was a great visionary."
Kamal Tiwari, chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi also talked about Singh's achievements, saying he had set an example of passion for the budding artists. "They need to preserve his art and follow his footsteps."
Remembering his association with Singh, chairman of the Indian Institute of Architecture and Interior Designing Manmohan Khanna described him as his guide. Khanna is also promoting Singh's book on artwork in various architecture colleges. "Since I had immense faith in his abilities, I always used to consult him before starting a new project. His death is an irreparable loss to the nation."
Jodh Singh, former chief of Lalit Kala Akademi, Punjab, and Singh's old friend since their college days, remembered him as a great visionary.
"He was more than a brother to me. At times, when our views differed, we used to fight over the issue but at the end of the day, we were always together. He was master of sculpture and I was into fine arts, but we used to lend support to each other in work."