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The Needleman of Patiala

DNMUM404890 | 1/7/2018 | Author : Gargi Gupta | WC :463

Artist Arun Kumar Bajaj earned the moniker ‘Needleman’ for his unique thread artworks, discovers Gargi Gupta
Arun Kumar Bajaj plies an unusual craft - he ‘paints’ with his sewing machine. Late last month, he presented Union minister Smriti Irani with a specimen of his handiwork: a large, 4x2 feet ‘painting’ of the court of Ranjit Singh, the fabled Maharaja of the Sikh empire with nearly 2,000 human figures - courtiers, soldiers, noblemen, etc, in all their regalia. “It took me over a year to make this piece,” says Bajaj, who is a tailor by profession. Neither is this the largest painting that the 35-year-old Bajaj has done. That distinction goes to a 6x4 feet image of the deity Krishna which got him a certificate from India Book of Records as a ‘unique thread artwork’. Completed over three years, it was made using 28,36,000 metres of
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