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By  Tribune India .
Feb 27, 2018

Artist Sidhharth and other participants at ‘Chittar Kathavan’ and painting workshop organised at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, February 26

“The whole of India has not been able to produce as many artists of the international level as the repute and money of their counterparts with Punjabi roots are commanding worldwide,” said eminent artist Sidhharth, who was here for ‘Chittar Kathavan’, organised at Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women.“My biggest pride is that I am a Sikh and able to speak and read Punjabi,” he added.“Animals can understand frequencies of sound, but humans are not able to do so. That is the reason why people are warring because of words spoken. They are not able to realise the true intent of words,” said the Raikot-born artist.“This, unfortunately, is happening because of lack of spiritual training,” he added.During his training as a Buddhist monk, Sidhharth was left in a pitch-dark cave for 40 days where he started ‘seeing’ and even painting in the dark. “That training has highly enhanced my ability to see in the dark,” he said.“In Punjab, people are themselves destroying the great work of arts. At Baba Atal in Amritsar, Guru Har Rai Sahib had called Greek artists to come and paint all the seven stories. Now, that work remains just in one story,” he added.“Shockingly, people have fixed tiles like the ones used in bathrooms over the priceless art,” he said while adding that “Such colours have been used at Baba Atal, which don’t crack and never fade. Unfortunately, people have taken it upon themselves to destroy our own art.”While sharing an anecdote about one of his paintings Sidhharth said, “In Canada, there is a hope for Punjabi culture because Sikhs have got divided here in Punjab into the caste lines and due to deras. Such distinctions are not there among Sikhs in Canada.”

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