Master of detail ~ Rahi Mohinder Singh – the artist

Punjab: Rahi Mohinder Singh, the first Punjabi artist to do an official portrait of the President, breathes life into his subjects and unfailingly manages to bring out their most distinguishing characteristics

The more the world of art changes and finds a new vocabulary, the more he sticks to his guns. Rahi Mohinder Singh, a gifted artist, steadfastly refuses to be swept away by fads and isms. Yet the votary of realistic art finds his place under the sun. The artist, who recently had the privilege of painting the official portrait of none other than the former President of India, Pratibha Patil, has every reason to preen. Even as his works have become part of history and find a pride of place in Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan, he says candidly, even if a trifle irreverently. “For me, all subjects are equally important.”

Sure, the brush with the former first lady has bequeathed

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