PARADIGM OF ONENESS
‘Paradigm of Oneness’ is an attempt to imagine Baba Nanak in the content of his immortal Shabads. The Shabads leave an imagery in every mind that is willing to imbibe it. Baba Nanak is an epitome of spreading love without any discrimination and that’s the way he suggests being one with the Divine. Nanak is in his Shabad and Shabad is in him. He believed in Oneness and said "Na Ko Bairi Nahi Begana, Sagal Sang Hamko Ban Ayi" and guided us to achieve the Ek-Onkar: One Divine ੴ.
Nanak’s Oneness goes beyond just humans. His compositions talk of Nature, Animals, Plants, Earth, Water, Air and to Love them all is True Oneness with the Divine. Imagining Self as part of Other is the Paradigm of Nanak’s Oneness that takes us beyond our ego.
The art series, Paradigm of Oneness is the Artist’s internal dialogue, a journey of art as a personal expression. His art is not about deciphering or finding reasons but simplifying the complexities. The intangible and invisible spirit becomes a manifestation in this series through the verses that become symbolic with the beauty of Nature.
This personal expression of setting text in artworks has been part of Dr Kalra’s style for more than a decade. When his mother left for her eternal journey, it transformed into interpretation. The artworks have metaphors and signs that not only take forms, but also attempt to express the essence through the iconography.
The word ‘Sab Tera’ is colloquially also interpreted as ‘terah’ or thirteen and in keeping with this concept thirteen Shabads have been taken to create this series of artworks. Shabads by Baba Nanak, Kabirdas and Sheikh Farid range from Oneness of Humans, Gender, Nature, Universe, Divinity and value of Sharing. This series engages the soul to have a reflection with the self. Each stroke or artwork is a process of learning and understanding the Divine through His creations.
The engagement with the artisan at Sangraha Sacha Sauda Atelier transfers the artist to a state of bliss as the minds and expressions connect. It’s an attempt to capture the comprehension that both of them make when working in tandem. This possibly makes it an Artwork.
In the words of Dr Kalra “I work towards discovery of spiritual realism and truthfulness of my soul through the medium of embroidery. Shabads with its full grace have been lovingly sketched and embroidered in zardosi and chikankari.”
A significant amount of proceeds from the artworks will support the activities of validated organisations working in the Social and Health domains.