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Verses on canvas

Unison Creations For Harmonious Living is an organisation that aims to help people find their true self. The organisation brings forth a series of paintings with divine messages (Gurbani’s verses) on canvas, greeting cards and quote t-shirts.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 16, 2012 12:01 IST
Usmeet Kaur

Unison Creations For Harmonious Living is an organisation that aims to help people find their true self. The organisation brings forth a series of paintings with divine messages (Gurbani’s verses) on canvas, greeting cards and quote t-shirts.

“Promoting art with divine wisdom, through the messages of the Guru Granth Sahib, is the aim of the organisation,” says Canada-based Inderpal Kaur, the brain behind Unison Creations.

“These inspirational artifacts are available in both English and Punjabi and they serve as constant reminders of finding peace within. The paintings aim at strengthening our connection with our friends and loved ones and igniting the spark within those seeking to be enlightened,” says Kaur.

The artist behind the paintings, Daljeet Singh, who is pursuing his final year (masters) at Delhi College of Arts, says, “In 2006, when I was pursuing an institutional course, Inderpal ji noticed my work and approached me with her vision for this mission. I was always into spiritual art; thus, I was assigned this project six years ago.”

He adds, “I still remember her saying, ‘This idol worship of the Guru’s pictures and calendars has to stop. Spiritual art should reach peoples homes.’”

Daljeet’s art, however, is not limited to Punjab; he has travelled to Canada for four of his solo shows. “The same collection of 35 paintings was exhibited there. My collection has 15 originals and the rest are replicas (photographed prints),” says the 28-year-old artist.

Explaining the reason for replicas, he says, “Canvas in frame does not appeal to everyone’s taste; some people prefer gallery wraps. The replicas are available from size 24x36 to 6x7, and the entire artwork has been done in mix media,” shares Daljeet.

About his interest in this field in particular, he says, “The youth of today doesn’t know the power and meaning of the Khanda (religious symbol). So, I have tried to explain the
importance and meaning of the same through two of my paintings exhibited here.”

Ask him if his art is limited to the Sikhs and he says, “Divine messages are for everyone, not just for the Sikhs. In Punjab, however, there is a dearth of spiritual artwork; this series aims at changing that. I’ve learnt that people read from the Gurbani without really understanding the meaning of the verses and their application. Hence, the need for spiritual art.”

Daljeet’s original art pieces start from Rs 750 and go up to Rs 29,000.

The exhibition is on till September 16 at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh