A tribute to Sobha Singh

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I came across the works of Sobha Singh the world’s most well-recognised Sikh painter whose paintings are present in most Sikh homes and Gurudwaras around the world. I was reading through the SikhSangat news website this morning and felt inspired to share some of the most wonderful paintings he has created to inspire the Sikhs. The painting I have in my room of Guru Gobind Singh Ji is done by Sobha Singh and I’m ever in awe when I look at the paintings of my Gurus painted by the hands of this blessed artist. His depictions attract us closer to the Guru for the colors are so alive, the visage of the Guru so full of love and the whole being of the Guru presented right before our eyes. Though paintings are not necessarily what the Gurus looked like, they nevertheless create an image that helps us visualise them in our mind.

Sobha Singh’s main focus was Sikh Gurus, their life and work. His portraiture of Gurus was a manifestation of his devotion to the divine souls. He said, “I have painted Gurus to inspire people.” he held Guru Nanak as manifestation of his meditation. He looked upon Guru Gobind Singh as his ‘inspiration incarnate’.

So the next time you look at the Guru’s painting, look deeper within – the depth of the loving glance, the feel of tranquility and the colours that seem to bring the Guru to life – right before your eyes. It’s no wonder we all find solace in moments of pain and suffering by looking at the Guru’s portraits and hugging them close, it helps to make the connection with the inner self as we shut our eyes and imagine the Guru seated within the depth of our souls.

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I have painted the Gurus to inspire people.
– Sobha Singh

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3 Comments

  1. Navjit Kaur said,

    June 28, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

    Magnificent collection, true we need to see deeper then just to look at the picture. Whenever we need support and cheering we do intend to look at the Guru’s pictures. its like a source of energy for many of us.

  2. July 4, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    Very nice website veerji, the photos truly freshens one’s state of mind. Keep on posting.

  3. Anonymous said,

    May 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

    very nice pick thanks


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