Phulan Rani, the ageless painter of Punjab

Published: Friday, September 11, 2009, 17:59 [IST]
 

Amritsar, Sep.11 (ANI): Defying her age, octogenarian Phulan Rani today stands as a tall figure that inspires the youth by her love for painting and deep urge to give creative expressions to her thoughts and observations of the world around her.

A resident of Amritsar, Phulan Rani works in both oils and water colour and paints realistic landscapes and portraits of local leaders.

"I was born on Dec 12, 1923 and have seen various ups and downs during my life span. I have been inspired to paint from all good things in life and the thoughts and the preaching of the gurus that I have heard," said Phulan Rani, the painter. She is a nature lover by heart.

"Nature is like an open book as we can see many beautiful things through it. Like honeybees collecting nectar from the flowers and then constructing hives. It inspires an artist to paint. The inspiration also comes from beautiful faces, flowers, landscapes and the teachings of the gurus," she says.

Phulan Rani is full of pride when she realizes how her work has reached in different parts of the world.

"A person can be successful in any sort of work if he or she gets full support from his life partner and children. You can imagine the work done by me through the paintings hanging on the walls of my house. I have sold a number of paintings, but I had enough time to paint replicas of those sold paintings to keep at home. My paintings have reached across the world," says Phulan.

The sixth President of India, Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, had released Phulan Rani's book of 'Painting visions of beauty' in 1981. By Ravinder Singh Robin(ANI)


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