For me inspiration is not found in the books or idealism of known names. It is in the extra ordinary people whose daily routine is an example for others. Exploring, experimenting and innovating not only creates Artist , also the world of harmony.
Would like to share with you life of someone, who in his view is very ordinary, but for the people who are associated with him in any way (friends, relatives, neighbors) his simplicity and disciplined way of life is worth to follow.
At age of 78, when most people feel that they have nothing to learn or share, here is a man who is multi talented and still learning. He is into wood sculptures , mostly miniatures, a self-taught attempt. Bonsai is one of his interest and he has good collection of these.
Dr S. P Padha ,a medical professional ,an eye specialist ,retired as professor from Medical College Jammu. He lives in Jammu , INDIA. His childhood was spent in a small town of rural background, nothing like extra curricular activities or hobbies during those days.
When I asked him what lead him to learn pottery?
In his own words “ I was often fascinated by artisans like blacksmith and Potters giving shape to objects. I came in contact with Sh.Suman ji a couple of years back and became morning walk buddies. I learned about pottery workshop being run by Ms.Jyoti ji (Suman’s wife) at Blue River Cermics pottery centre With my interests in different art forms, I attended one of her workshop as an observer. Fascinated by the running hands on that wheel my creative instincts and their encouragement lead me to try my hand on Potter’s wheel. Jyoti ji is a very patient teacher which made me to learn about basics of pottery.”
It is not just the art but he keeps himself update with the fast moving world of wi-fi and technology. His views are that Internet is a great help in dissemination of information and knowledge.
His simplicity, humble and disciplined life is a message of encouragement for anyone looking for a mentor.