A work of art on the life of Guru Nanak Dev that captures the visual beauty of the holy city of Amritsar: The India Tribune


The correspondent of the Tribune Neha Saini and photojournalist Sunil Kumar takes you on an aesthetic journey capturing works of art that add to the visual beauty of the holy city. Here’s a glimpse into the abstract world of creativity …

Janamsakhi by Tera Tera

Art on the life of Guru Nanak Dev was on display at the GNDU Vice Chancellor’s office. It stands 12 feet tall and is based on ‘Janamsakhi of Tera Tera’, designed by urban artist Sumeet Dua and conceptualized in collaboration with Arvinder Chamak. It was made in a ‘Nanakshahi’ brick structure, with a graphic representation of Tera (13) and jute bags of various grains displayed with a ‘takadi’ (scale). It was installed during the art festival, which was held on the eve of Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Parkash Purb in Dera Baba Nanak.

Bloody partition

One of the score museum’s striking works of art is a gigantic saw sticking out of a brick wall, exhibiting the Indo-Pakistani score in 1947. The art installation is among many other aesthetic reminders of the one of the largest mass migrations in the history of the world.

A saga of love

The famous Punjabi folklore of Sohni Mahiwal was beautifully portrayed by eminent artist OP Verma at the Amritsar Art Gallery. In a relief work, figures are projected from a support background. Entitled Sohni Mahiwal, the artwork was inaugurated in 2014 and has since attracted art students.

Women as a cornerstone

To commemorate International Women’s Day in 2020, a brick art was created by several artists from the city in collaboration with FICCI FLO on a roundabout near the airport. Brick art made in “Nanakshahi” style represents women as the cornerstone of society. A champa planted in the middle is a metaphor for women.

Universality matters

The 500kg, 13ft tall sculpture greets passengers at the entrance to Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport. It is designed by artist Sumeet Dua. The sculpture ‘Ball of Joy’ has two abstract human figures. It was created in 2019 and was conceptualized to convey the message of universality and global travel.

Right to education

The art of pencil and book is installed on one of the busiest routes in the city and is dedicated to the Right to Education Act. Installed in 2016, as the city was undergoing a massive aesthetic makeover, this structure was donated by a private education center in the city to the district administration.

In memory of the martyrs

Considered one of the oldest art installations in the city, this concrete structure was made by architect Mohinderjit Singh at Rose Avenue Park in 1995. It was designed on a model similar to a memorial inside Jallianwala Bagh.

Tribute to freedom fighters

A 16-foot-tall marble memorial carved by Anoop Barlaria and Shashank Jain has sketches of freedom fighters engraved on it. The “white flame” bears the names of all the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh. It was inaugurated by former deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, when he dedicated Heritage Street to the public in 2016.

Sustainability message

A striking and colorful mural made of acrylic and ceramic waste by Smiley Chaudhary was installed on police lines on International Earth Day this year. Carrying a message of sustainability, this site will be transformed into a mini-forest by the FICCI FLO.

Broken links

The red brick structure of the Partition Museum is a “Nanakshahi” style of architecture, which represents the broken bonds of humanity during the 1947 Partition.


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