Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, June 18
Till two years ago, Gurinder Kaur was just a government school mistress taking English classes for her students. During her free time in lockdown, she added a new talent of calligraphy that has made her all the more popular among her students. She has even exhibited her talent at Sabhyacharak Mela-2021 organised at the Virsa Vihar here recently and was applauded for her talent by the visitors.
Talking about her transition, Gurinder said: “I took the job of a teacher soon after I completed my post-graduation from Panjab University, Chandigarh. Except some God-gifted talent and passion, I had no background in fine arts. I brushed it up taking help from internet and started pursuing it as a freelance work. Since my students know about my skill, they too have begun following my Instagram page and keep on taking guidance from me for the same. I keep uploading my tutorial videos on my page ‘Calligraphy_by_inder’.”
She credited social media for inspiring her to be innovative and claimed that it was the most effective way of meditation for her. Talking about the material that she uses, she said: “I began with Spencerian and transitioned to Copperplate, my favourite technique, using pens like refill, dip, glass, oblique pen holder and brushes to create various thin and thick strokes applying varied pressure to create visually pleasant impressions on papers.”
As a calligrapher, she likes to experiment with wide range of inks, pens, nibs on different paper and fabrics. She quips, “It is quite playful to see the friendship of ink with paper and the results are always surprising.” Apart from calligraphy, she is also interested in other forms of art with different mediums such as watercolor, acrylics and sketching.
Showing her work, Gurinder said: “I have always had a very good handwriting and used cursive style which made calligraphy easier for me. I try to use both contemporary and traditional styles in a single composition. I work in both English and Punjabi. It has a great scope with people asking for handmade greetings, wedding invites, plaques outside home and offices, book marks and wall hangings of motivational quotes and gurbani.”
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