He was born to paint; he was, after all, Sobha Singh. A three-day exhibition comprising photographs depicting the life of the illustrated painter of Punjab began at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Wednesday, in commemoration of Sobha Singh’s 112th birth anniversary that falls today.
On November 29, 1901, Sobha Singh was born, a contemporary artist of Punjab who contributed immensely to the art by promoting Sikh history and Punjabi culture. His series and portraits of the Sikh Gurus, especially the first Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the 10th Guru Gobind Singh Ji has dominated Punjabis’ perception to such an extent that even today, we imagine the Gurus through Sobha Singh’s canvas.
His impressive portraits of national heroes such as Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Kartaar Singh Sarabha along with paintings of legendary romantics like Sohni-Mahiwal and Heer-Ranjha are very popular. Most of the photographs of the artist on display have been