"A real work of art should appeal to all. To me art, in order to be truly great, must, like the beauty of nature, be universal in its appeal." - - Gandhi
HIS EXCELLENCY SHRI SURJIT SINGH BARNALA, FORMER GOVERNOR OF TAMIL NADU
My chief patron and well-wisher
Governor's favorite Artist
How it all began! I attended an exhibition of paintings by the Governor in 2005. Yes, H.E himself is an excellent landscape painter. I was impressed by his work and immediately I sent a letter expressing my appreciation for his work and seeking appointment to meet him at Raj Bhavan to introduce myself personally as a portrait artist. In the next 3 days I received a call from Raj Bhavan asking me to meet the Governor on the next day. I impressed the Governor with my portfolio. He took me around to show some of his paintings adorning the walls of Raj Bhavan.When I expressed my willingness to paint his portrait he responded so kindly.
When the portrait was ready (seen below), I invited H.E.with much hesitation to my studio to view the portrait and the other paintings. Usually clients are invited to my studio for approval. But, in this case the client being the Governor I had to hesitate to invite him to studio for approval.. But, the Governor so graciously accepted my invitation and I was elated.
H.E visited my studio on 31st March, 2006, a day I will remember all my life. Next year,
I received a personal letter from the Governor asking me to do a portrait of the President of India Dr. ABJ.Abdul Kalam to be installed at Raj Bhavan. This is the most prestigious portrait commission I have secured so far, and yet another honor for me.
Because, the portrait was personally commissioned by a personage like the Governor. I had the privilege of being invited to 'At Home' parties for Republic Days and Independence Days along with my wife. It was an opportunity to meet some V.V.I.P s and shaking hands with them.
I used to call on H.E on all his birth days (21st October) with my family to greet him. Moreover, we exchanged Greeting Cards on all New Year Days, Republic Days and Independence Days. Meanwhile, when he was not well I sent Get-Well message and he would acknowledge promptly . Our relationship was so friendly and cordial. The honor and recognition I enjoyed was so matchless that perhaps no other artist in Tamil Nadu should have experienced. When I think about it I feel humbled and honored.
So many people talking so much about art and artists, but rarely a few come forward to do some thing substantially to popularise art and promote artists in all seriousness.
I found in this great man that rare quality. I will remember all that he had done for me, through out my life. This period (2005-2011) has a significant impact in my career and in my life as well. I would cherish the moment with pride in the years to come. And, I believe this experience would inspire me to paint many more outstanding portraits in future!
INVITATION FROM GOVERNOR _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
A Proud Moment - Governor visits my Studio cum Residence
These are some of the photos taken when The Governor visited my Studio on 31.03. 2006
A rare honor and recognition for a portrait artist in Tamil Nadu.
I dedicate this honor to the whole artist community of Tamil Nadu.