STORY OF THE NEEDLE MAN OF INDIA – ARUN KUMAR BAJAJ
It is said that creativity presents itself to the prodigy as a mystical gift which he hones throughout his life in order to give shape to the shapeless and give form to the unseen. But creativity is not just limited to the gifted. Instead, it is the opposite. It is possessed by the one who has the vision to think beyond the farthest seas and give a face to even something mundane.
Arun Kumar Bajaj has a creativity of similar proportions. Born to a father who was as a tailor, Arun imbibed an intriguing sense of belonging towards needles, clothes, tailoring and mostly embroidery. During his school days, he was an active participant in various activities honing his skills for intricate artwork. One day while fiddling with some needles, he realized that if such beautiful embroidery can be stitched out of a few yarns of thread and some needles why not full-size portraits. He found a vision in this realization. It was a vision that would change his life forever and give him a place amongst great artists.
Soon Arun started working on this found new found vision using his long imbibed skill. In the past 16years, he has developed various portraits and paintings with embroidery.
His conviction towards his work has helped him design and create 225 pieces of art over the years. His has meticulously crafted the faces of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and yesteryears actress Meena Kumari on cloth. Recently, he passionately completed a six feet by four feet painting of Lord Krishna which took him about 3 years and an investment of 1.5 lakh rupees. His hard word paid off and he was lauded with widespread appreciation and landed him a place in the Limca Book of Records and the India Book of Records. His work has also been portrayed in the Surajkand Crafts Mela in Haryana and the International Trade festival in Delhi in 2014. He is currently preparing his work for a prestigious Art festival in California. Though his craft is yet to be recognized by the Central or State government, Arun has not lost hope. His incessant conviction towards his art has persuaded thousands from across the globe to applaud him and give him the title of the Needle Man of India.
In the world of neck breaking competition, Arun Kumar Bajaj’s art stands apart. He has proved that beauty in complexity comes from the simplest things and it can create an artform one has laid their eyes upon.
Risha Sajid | TOC
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