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The Shah of Sculptors: Meet India’s Legendary Sculptor Himmat Shah

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Sculptor Himmat Shah. Image source: www.openthemagazine.com
  • Himmat Shah will be honored with legends of India award this week
  • Himmat Shah believes that K.G. Subramanyan inspired him the most
  • Himmat 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

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
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
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.

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India: Asiatic Lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests to Have Radio Collars Fitted Around their Necks

A radio collar is a wide band of machine-belting fitted with a small radio transmitter and battery

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Asiatic Lions, Gujarat, Gir Forests
Since June 11 up to now more than 25 representative lions of as many prides have been fitted with radio collar devices imported from Germany. Pixabay

The rare Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests and surrounding regions will have radio collars fitted around their necks this month, similar to the lions of the African savannah and the Serengeti.

According to Chief Conservator of Forests in Junagadh D.T. Vasavada, since June 11 up to now more than 25 representative lions of as many prides have been fitted with radio collar devices imported from Germany.

A radio collar is a wide band of machine-belting fitted with a small radio transmitter and battery. The transmitter emits a signal at a specific frequency that can be tracked from up to five kilometres away.

When trying to locate a particular collared lion, the researcher dials the appropriate frequency and drives while listening for the beep signal. A directional antenna is mounted on top of the vehicle, and once the signal is detected, the researcher simply drives in the direction where the signal is loudest.

Asiatic Lions, Gujarat, Gir Forests
The rare Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forests and surrounding regions will have radio collars fitted around their necks this month. PIxabay

“This will help the forest department in monitoring of the group’s movement, research, knowing the territory of the animal and other details. From Sasan, a high tech monitoring unit will monitor their activities. A total of 75 radio collars have been imported from Germany for the purpose,” he added.

Vasavada said as all the members of a pride of lions normally remain within a distance of around half to one kilometer of one another, the location of the representative beast would in fact give the location of an entire pride.

Representatives of the entire lion landscape in and around Gir in Saurashtra region of Gujarat spread in the five districts of Gir Somnath, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad would be radio collared in around a month’s time.

According to the last lion census of 2015, there were 523 male, female and lion cubs in the Gujarat forests.

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During floods and other calamities and spread of diseases, the radio collars would be a big help for forest teams. The radio collars would also be helpful in letting the lion trackers know if any group of lions was close to the railway tracks or roads. (IANS)