Shyam Sunder Sharma

“आज खुद को देखता हूँ तो लगता है की भारत के विरासत को बढ़ाने के ज़िम्मेदारी हम सब के कंधे पे है और इस विरासत पे हमें गर्व है “

Shyamji, one of the leading lights of the Nathdwara painting community, comes from a family of pioneering artists descended from Shri Sukhdev Raghunathji Sharma, the mukhiyaji of the Shrinathji temple under Tilkayat Govardhanlalji at the end of the 19th century. Naturally, he was exposed to art from his early childhood days. Eventually, he was mentored by his father Shri Chatarbhujji Sharma, and the National Award winning artist, Reva Shankerji Sharma, for two years in Nathdwara. Though his two sons have pursued professional degrees in engineering and management, they are also pursuing their traditional art alongside to keep the legacy of the great family alive. His paintings have been exhibited at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, United States, in 2018 in the Pigment on Cloth: Tradition, Family and the Art of Indian Pichvai Painting exhibition (August 12 – November 16, 2018). His paintings can also be spotted at the Lalit Kala Kendra, Goa, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Bagore ki Haweli, Udaipur, and at the Shrinathji temple Parikrama wall, Nathdwara. He is also an enthusiastic teacher and has conducted workshops at all major design schools and is a two-time recipient of the Pichvai Painting Trainer at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Jodhpur, in 2018 and 2020. The Rajasthan state has also awarded him with the State Award of Handicraft in 1989 and 2004. “My pichvai style originates from the Nathdwara School of Art. I paint Shrinathji in a variety of subjects like Sharad Purnima, Gopashtami, Raas Lila, Daan Lila, Kamal Talai (lotus pond), etc. I have also trained in paper painting in the Mewar, Kishangarh and Kangra schools of art.”

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