Catch Glimpses Of Bhutan Through Ballpoint Pen Artworks
The artworks are on display at the Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Center in Thimphu.
By Sonam Pem | BBS
An Indian professional artist has made the most of something as ordinary as a ballpoint pen to create amazing works of art.
Manilal Sabrimala, 56, has drawn Bhutan’s cultural landscapes in memory of his past 11 years in Bhutan.
He first came to Bhutan as a Biology teacher in 1988. After his resignation as a teacher, Manilal pursued a Master’s Degree in painting in India and started his professional career as a painter in 2001.
About the Ballpoint Pen Artworks
Today his artworks are on display at the Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Center in Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu.
The pieces on display comprise of 25 illustrations which he said was a ‘journey back in time’ when Bhutan was not as modernised as it is today.
“Those days I used to walk three days to reach even one school. So during those times, the villagers used to have a tough time without electricity and other facilities. So those things actually struck my mind and later when I landed in India, those memories created the kind of drawings. And some artists in India compelled me to carry on with the same pattern of drawings. So it ended with this kind of program,” said Manilal Sabrimala.
The exhibition is a tribute to Bhutan where he dedicated his service as a teacher. The ballpoint pen drawings are also an indication of his honour to the country.
Perhaps just by looking at the pictures, one will probably not guess that they were created by something as ordinary as a ballpoint pen.
As easy as the process may look, it took Manilal two years to complete the 25 drawings.
Painstaking efforts needed to create Ballpoint Pen Artworks
Manilal revealed the amount of effort he put into his artworks: “Ballpoint pen drawing actually is not an easy thing like a painting. Painting can be done very easily whereas once you start with the pen, each and every square millimetre will have to be covered with the pen tip only. There is no short cut. So we have to sacrifice. With determination, dedication and patience, we can go for this kind of painting otherwise it won’t be finished.”
Before closing his exhibition later this week, he wished to let the younger generations see Bhutan through a different medium.
Manilal has showcased his artworks both within and outside India. He has also started an Art Foundation in 2012 which according to him, is linked to about 26 countries.
This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.