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My Life – A Sketch in Words
I was born on 27th of December 1937 in a small town of Jhelum District in undivided Punjab, India. My father was a Central Government employee with a transferable job and we as a family moved quite often to different places. My schools and friends changed often and I learnt to adjust to new environments quickly. My interest in Art began during my Class viii and my pocket money was spent on buying art materials. My earlier attempts at paintings got a positive response from my family and friends.
I got the first division in my Class Xth board exams in 1954 and wanted to study Painting in an art school but gave in to family's desire to study science as they thought it had a bright future and was thus admitted for Inter-Science in Government College, Ludhiana. I could not concentrate much on my subjects and continued to do my artworks. I read books available on art from the College library. I took private tuition in mechanical drawing to appear for engineering entrance exams. These classes were immensely satisfying. I joined the Draftsman Civil course at ITI Patiala in 1957 and enjoyed drafting and prepared my presentation sheets with a lot of care. But I was not satisfied and wanted to study art.
This desire led me to take admission at Sir J J School of Arts, Mumbai in the Year 1958 and where I studied Art for the next four years. These four years in Mumbai were a period of struggle and learning in life. The emphasis at the school was on realism and my attempts to paint realistic pictures were not successful but that did not deter me from my desire to learn art. I read books on art extensively. It was during this period that I got selected as Junior Artist-Draftsman at National Children Museum, Bal Bhavan, New Delhi and left Mumbai in 1962.
Bal Bhavan provided me immense opportunities to explore my creativity in different areas. During this period, Dr.Prabha Sahasrabudhe was Director of the institute and I learnt the basics of art education, visualising, designing and execution of educational exhibition projects for children under his dynamic leadership. This was a period of hard work, immense challenge and satisfaction to see my dreams turn into reality through various projects. During this period, I also continued to work on my academic qualifications- I cleared my Diploma in Painting of Sir J J School of Arts and joined Delhi College of University of Delhi and graduated in 1970. Thereafter, I went to study Museology at MS University, Vadodara.
After my return from Vadodara with a Degree in Museology, I was promoted to Head of National Children's Museum, Bal Bhavan. This was a different challenge as I was now handling more of administrative and planning aspect. It was during this period that Dr L P Sihare who was Director of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi visited the Museum section and impressed with my work offered to take me under his wing as Dy. Keeper (Education) and thus I joined the NGMA, New Delhi.
The period at NGMA was a period of learning, inspiration and of immense satisfaction personally and professionally. I got to develop the educational and art appreciation programmes for Schools and later on took charge of the amazing art collection. The looking after of the art collection was very close to me and I took care of it with utmost love, like a mother nurturing her child. This period also brought me in touch with artists with whom I had quality interaction and render assistance as required. I finally retired from the NGMA, New Delhi as its Keeper in 1995 in what was a successful career of immense satisfaction.
During all these periods of work, I was involved with my own creative works as an artist by constantly learning, acquiring new skills and also arriving at my own distinctive style. My journey in the art can be seen through the works done by me during the last fifty years. My detailed list of exhibitions is available in the Catalogue. Also, Dr. S S Bhatti has critically analysed my works and given words to my images in the book, "Journey of the Straight line”. It is my desire to share this life sketch to reflect on following one's passion and persevering in one's journey in life.
Date of Birth: 27th December, 1937
Place of Birth: Jhelum
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