About the Paintings – For the past sixty-six years since Babasaheb Dr. B. R. Ambedkar ji has left us physically, there is nothing done to restore or recreate his old and damaged images. This initiative is the dawn of recreating him in an artistic style. Though it’s a challenge as people have a fixed perception to see him through a single image, but also it’s a beginning of new visual grammar, which is stronger than the literary word, and has the ability to give a new shift to the thinking and passion. These paintings are made in an impressionist style, with lots of layers of paint, and have the ability to last for centuries. Painting is an artistic work and its real experience can be felt by the real view and not photos, so please don’t compare them too much with the real photos or the photo of the paintings. This is an artistic work out of love and respect for Babasaheb ji, so please don’t make any negative or discouraging statements.
Original Hand Painting – Dr. Ambedkar In Kathmandu – Canvas, Acrylic, 16X20 inch by Nikhil Sablania, with frame courier delivery – Based on real Photo – Restoring Dr. Ambedkar by Nikhil Sablania
About the Artist – Nikhil Sablania is also a writer and filmmaker. He’s propagating thoughts of Dr. Ambedkar ji for the past eleven years. His written books include Buddha ka path (the path of the Buddha), Dalit ki Gali (Street of a Dalit, Novel), Dr. Ambedkar aur Bauddh Dhamma (Dr. Ambedkar and the Dhamma of the Buddha), translated following books of Dr. Ambedkar ji in Hindi, Achhut aur Isayee Dharma (Untouchables and Christianity), Jaati ka Sanhaar (Annihilation of Caste), Bharat me Jatiya (Castes in India) and Shudra Kaun the (Who Were the Shudras). All his books are available online for free to read on www.ambedkartimes.blogspot.com. To make English available to all and to the rural Indians, he’s giving free English classes online which can be seen on YouTube channel, Angrezi Me Kehte Hai Ki. As a filmmaker he has made documentaries on Buddhism and social issues like problems of water (Thirsty City) and Autism (Challenge), an animation film on Buddhism – Enlightened Love and, Checkmate, and short films on social issues. This series of paintings is the first of its kind by recreating Dr. Ambedkar ji through colors in 21st century. Nikhil Sablania says, ‘When I make paintings of Dr. Ambedkar ji, I actually wanted to see him in reality. It is like meeting him in real. I change those many times to get the best of the result. And each time I see him like meeting him in person the next day. This is a challenging but a spiritual work, as I’m with him through his thinking for the past eleven years and these paintings are perhaps a way to communicate with him.’