These young sculptors bring stone to life

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2014 12:51 IST

Ye shyar hain Elahi, ya mussavir pesha hain koi. Naye naqshey nirali soortein ejaad kartey hain. Two budding sculptors— Mandeep Singh Maan (26) and Harpal Singh (28) — have recently been enjoying a lot of attention..

These budding sculptors, who are diligently at work at North Zone Culture Centre’s Kalagram complex, will soon add their work to the 235 perfectly chiselled works of eminent artists that adorn Kalagram.

The artists, both of whom hold a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (MFA)-the former from the Chandigarh College of Art and the latter Rabindra Bharti university Shanti Niketan- Winner of annual exhibition awards, special won awards from 2009 to 2014 and first prize in clay modeling at a youth festival, Mandeep Singh Maan’s art adorns four institutions.

Coming from a sleepy village Khera near SAS Nagar, he was at first drawn to painting as a child but eventually fell in love with sculpting. He sculpts not for money but to express himself and, as he puts it “to nourish” his soul. His current work at Kalagram, an untitled two faceted sculpture, tells a story of a heart-broken man and his unfaithful lover.

Sharing his experiences at the Rabindra Bharti Shantiniken, artist Harpal Singh claims that teachers taught him to stick to ‘freedom of thought, expression, creativity and innovation’. Coming from a farmer’s family from a small village near Hissar, Harpal, who was very good at good in drawing and geometry, was an alumnus of Government Art College Chandigarh. But he says it was his time at Shantiniketan that rejuvenated him.

Singh has been a recipient of many awards such as the SL Prasher award and Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi award.

He said,“My art reflect the sordid realities of life. My current work also represents a strife-ridden life of a labourer and a farmer.”

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