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Life And Times Of Amrita Shergill – Part I

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By Ankush Kumar

Ankush Kumar dwells deep into the life and times of Amrita Shergill, the most expensive woman painter of India

Dr. Peter was declared an enemy national. He couldn’t make it to her funeral. She was there lying peacefully, waiting to transcend into another world. Perhaps this was the only time she was at peace with herself.

Her face showed no remorse, she had lived life to the fullest, done things that women of the 21st century too would feel is a little unimaginable. The colors and hues at the painting exhibition gave a fresh lease of life to an otherwise dull art gallery in the bylanes of Lahore.

The paintings spoke an universal language of different emotions a human body goes through. The eyes could make a stone walled man choke, heartbreaks did happen at the funeral as Amrita Shergill the renowned painter was laid to rest, even as her first solo painting exhibition was a grand success.

Alas! she had already started putting colors to another world.




Forms of Paintings

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The Oxford English Dictionary describes “painting” as ‘the act or art of using paint to produce pictures’. Many of us cultivate painting as a hobby. But, are you aware about the major forms of painting and the main elements that form a part and parcel of painting? Lets ponder over them a little:

Real Life: Such paintings capture life in action – busy street, beach party, dinner gathering or any place where life activity is going on.

Still Life: A still life painting depicts objects such as flowers or food. Still life paintings are often found in the interiors o the ancient Egyptian tombs. Ancient Greek, especially vase paintings are examples of the same genre. Wall paintings and floor mosaics unearthed in Pompeii (Italy) stand evidence to still life painting. Masters in this category include Caravaggio, Diego Velasquaez and Annibale Corracci.

imagesLandscape Painting: It deals with the depiction of natural scenery, like valley, mountains, rivers and forests. The subject is usually a wide view with coherently arranged elements. Sky is almost included in all landscape paintings. Famous landscape painters include names like Claude Lorraine and JMW Turner.

Portrait Painting: In this genre, the intent is to depict  the visual appearance of the subject. Usually portrait artists create an work of art after they have been commissioned by patrons. Historically, portrait paintings have primarily been the forte of the rich and the powerful.

For the elements of painting – wait till the next time.

Persistence: The Path to Excellence

Sharon Andrew, Happiness Evangelist at Happiest Minds Technologies, Bangalore, writes on the value of not giving up!


“Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” – Seth Godin

In our journey to excellence, it is important to be persistent. Achieving anything that is worth achieving requires constant effort. During times when it is all downhill, during days when we feel like giving up, it pays to be doggedly persistent for in the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but by perseverance. (H. Jackson Brown)

Calvin Coolidge wrote wisely:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

In our path to EXCELLENCE, let us frequently adjust our tactics until we achieve our goal. Let us persevere towards the goal.

If Christopher Columbus had turned back, no one would have blamed him. But, no one would have remembered him either.