Punjab sculptor to showcase work in Delhi film festival

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A peacock from motorcycle tank and a few wires, a butterfly from an old spring, a tortoise from a discarded cycle seat.

This and much more of Harminder Singh Boparai's work will be displayed in the first-ever Delhi International Film Festival (DIFF) - 2012 which started in the capital on Thursday and will continue till December 27. Hailing from Ghudani Kalan village in Payal tehsil, he is the only sculptor from Punjab who has been selected to showcase his work in the exhibition which will be held at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, where more than 175 films from 32 countries will be screened.

Ecstatic, Boparai says, "People from various countries will be there to see the world-class films. I am feeling extremely fortunate to get an opportunity to be a part of the first-ever edition of DIFF-2012. I left my graduation midway to pursue clay modelling and metal scrap artwork, and I am glad that the switchover has been worth it."

Boparai, who has created some marvellous artworks from waste like metal scrap, fibre, wood, glass and also practises clay modelling, left his graduation midway from Punjab Agricultural University to pursue two-year diploma in sculpture from TAC Art Academy, Ludhiana.

"The profession was so alien for people that they often told me I am ruining my future but constant support of parents and wife got me going," said Boparai who won various gold medals in sculpture and clay modelling when he started sculpturing as a hobby during college days.

He is currently working as a teacher of clay modelling and sculpturing at Sat Paul Mittal School.

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