India is full of creative ideas when it comes to sculptors. For Himmat Shah, Sculpture-making is a cake-walk. This legendary artist from Gujarat leaves one spellbound when one comes closer to his works. The best way to define Shah is his simplicity. For his efforts in the field of sculpting, Shah will be honored with Legends of India award this week in New Delhi.
Shah was born in Lothal in Gujarat in 1933. He was so restless and devoid of peace in his life that he left his home when he was only 11 years old. Shah said that he found his hard work and imagination into practice with the help of artist-educator, Jagubhai Shah. Shah then moved to Baroda and won government cultural scholarship for four years (1956-1960), said a report by The Hindu.
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A young Himmat Shah with his silver paintings (1960s). Image source: www.openthemagazine.com
Himmat Shah believes that K.G. Subramanyan inspired him the most as he saw a modern artist in Subramanyan. Himmat Shah was also the member of the group founded by J Swaminathan. Himmat Shah further received a scholarship from French Government. He studied etching from Atelier 17 in Paris in 1967. Shah was once escorted from Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the irony is that his retrospective works are now present in that Museum at Saket.
Sculptures by Himmat Shah. Image Source: www.saffronart.com
Followed by his art, Shah is also passionate about food. He reminded that he used to have Puri, Aloo ki sabzi and Desi ghee Laddu in the morning which makes him feel fresh. He is also known for preparing simple food, especially dal. He believes that the food we ate is a tonic for the brain. He assumes that fish is a brain food and he had them too often. But now his passion for preparing food had died as he no longer cooks the food and is made by his maid, mentions The Hindu.
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Shah attended ceramic campaign Gujarat. Shah started working with art with ceramic mud as it was affordable and he believes that creativity cannot be taught it has to come from within.
Now, he is best known for his works in terracotta and bronze. He had his own studio in Jaipur but he continues to modify his search through travelling.
-This article is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.