An artistic journey from New Delhi to Beijing

By Zhang Junmian
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Bharat Singh and his younger sister Gurjinder are busy creating a whale protection-themed statue. Molding of the stainless steel art work "Love", which portrays two dolphines dancing around a mermaid, will be completed at the end of July.

Bharat Singh (R) and his younger sister Gurjinder pose with Bharat's "Prayer for World Peace" placed at their studio in Songzhuang, Beijing [Photo by Zhang Junmian/]

"Next month, we will bring it to the Ulsan International Whale Sculpture Exhibition in South Korea," said Bharat from the duo's B&G Art Studio in Songzhuang, Beijing, the largest art zone in both China and the world.

"This work depicts the harmonious relations between human and nature, and we hope it can help arouse the public's awareness of wildlife protection," said Bharat, who has lived in Beijing for 13 years and is fluent in Chinese.

Ulsan will be one of the 60-plus large-scaled art exhibitions Bharat has participated in since the 1990s.

Bharat and Gurjinder are busy creating a whale protection-themed statue [Photo provided to]

The sibling duo's sculpture work, which are mostly bronze figures in the round showcasing the power of love, life, friendship, music and kindness, always easily touch and captivate a large number of spectators when they are unveiled at different sculpture exhibitions around Asia, everywhere from India to China to South Korea to Malaysia.

Their works have also been acquired by museums, galleriesand private collectors around the world includingthe U.S., the U.K., Japan, Canada, Spain and the aforementioned Asian countries. Around China, their work has been featured prominently in Beijing, Harbin, Changchun, Datong, Qingdao, Xiamen, Xuzhou and Foshan.

From New Delhi to Beijing

The two promising sculptors, who are also well-versed in oil painting, took similar paths to the art world. Bharat, a fiercely-mustached but gentle man, fell in love with Beijing at first sight when he arrived in 2000 via a Chinese Government Scholarship. Before his journey to China, he graduated from College of Art, Delhi, where he received his BA and MA degrees in fine arts, in 1996 and 1999, respectively.

Bharat's "Sweet Memories" [Photo provided to] 

Bharat was the final student of Professor Qian Shaowu, a well-established Chinese sculptor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Bharat received his Ph.D from the Central Academy this summer.

Bharat said that he has always had great interest in both Indian and Chinese cultures, as the two are among the four oldest civilizations in the world.

"I think I should draw on the strong points of the two cultures, and I believe, only in the Eastern culture can my artistic creation flourish and bear juicy fruits," said Bharat. "I love India, and I also love China. Beijing is like my second home."

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