A rising star in the world of art
Born to doting parents, Harmandeep Kaur, hailing from Bibipur village in Khanna in District Ludhiana (Punjab), used to watch shows on Disney TV Channel quite enthusiastically as a young girl. And her enthusiasm did not die down with passing years. Upon seeing her continued interest in art, her parents started to save money and bought her a basic computer.
Influenced by the Disney characters, Harman, now a Class X student at Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Rauni (Ludhiana), started making wonderful drawings and paintings as early as when she was in Class V. What’s worth mentioning here is that her art-work was not to be seen just on sheets of paper but also on the computer screen. This was despite Harman not receiving any formal training on that front. A self-trained kid, Harman started to paint her thoughts and emotions as much on drawing sheets as on the computer.
Given her strong interest in drawing, painting and collage-making, Harman started actively participating in art competitions and also winning awards – both within her school and beyond. A major accolade that Harman recently bagged was a Gold medal in the April-June, 2017 round of Khula Aasmaan, a pan-India artwork competition. Organized by IndiaArt, the contest provides an online platform where students exhibit their drawings and artwork, encouraging creative thought and expression among them.
All shortlisted students, including Harmandeep, will be honoured by Khula Aasmaan by way of a dedicated webpage for each of them which will be managed for three years. Students will be encouraged to send in their new creations during this period and these will be periodically uploaded on their individual webpages. Besides, the artworks of these students will be displayed at the various Khula Aasmaan exhibitions and will be promoted by way of the IndiaArt blog as well as on various social media platforms.
Harman is a confident girl now, carrying wonderful dreams in her heart and some strong ambitions for her future too. “I want to become a mechanical engineer when I grow up,” expresses Harman. And Harman’s parents – they are proud parents today! On hearing about their daughter’s Khula Aasmaan achievement, they gifted her a color printer, something that would enable her to see on paper what she paints on her PC!
The young Harman also doesn’t forget to thank her teachers and parents for their support. She says, “I would like to thank my teachers and my school for their continued encouragement. My parents have also been by my side always and have encouraged me to pursue my dreams.”
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