SEARCH

Features » Metroplus

Updated: March 16, 2012 20:01 IST

Divine intervention

Comment (1)   ·   print   ·   T  T  
Sadhna Dhand
Sadhna Dhand

Sadhna Dhand turns to Lord Ganesha for strength and inspiration

Sadhna Dhand is a perfect example of a person who has turned physical adversity into strength. An artist from Raipur, Sadhna recently displayed in the Capital her artworks based on Lord Ganesha. Suffering from a rare orthopaedic disorder, Oestogenesis Imperfecta (OI), from birth, Sadhna could reach a physical height of three feet and three inches only. Her bones are so brittle that even a small jerk can cause a fracture. Having suffered more than 80 bone fractures in 55 years, she also lost her hearing capacity at the age of 12. But her mother, the late Rajkumari Dhand, ensured that Sadhna received proper training in fine arts and introduced her to the joys of painting with its iridescent strokes, which eventually encouraged her to battle the challenges of life through art.

Sadhna inculcated in her the basics and nuances of different art forms like Tanjore painting, glass painting, ceramics and sculpture. Asked about her favourite artwork, Sadhna says, “I like portraying the various forms of Lord Ganesha. It inspires me and gives me strength to fight all odds. My mother has been my biggest inspiration.”

“Sadhna's paintings are not limited to the canvas. She has used leaves, designing them into various shapes. She later photographed her works after which she applied them on canvas,” says Rajendra Sungaria, Secretary, Ship Varsha Art and Research Society, which organised the exhibition.

The inspiring artist likes photography and gardening — she has a collection of 200 bonsais at her house. Sadhna also likes to impart her art to others. Sadhna has trained 12,000 students in various art forms and won many awards for her work ranging from flower decoration to landscape photography.

Keywords: art exhibition

What a beautiful personand artist. Thank you for sharing her story with us.

from:  Lakshmi
Posted on: Mar 17, 2012 at 00:18 IST
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Meet Sneha Sharma and Mira Erda, two women racers of India who are undaunted by the challenges of the male dominated field of motor sport »

A friend comes bearing a gift of Persimmon and teaches the author how to use it in a delicious dessert »

As part of Crafts Council of India’s golden jubilee celebrations, efforts are being made to revive the exquisite Parsi Gara embroidery. Apoorva Sripathi meets the people behind the initiative »



O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Metroplus

Little people of the earth

By a bountiful twist of fate, selected works of late artist T.R.P. Mookiah (1934-2009) have arrived to live in DakshinaChitra, on exhibit... »