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Srinagar’s 72-Year-Old Woodcarver Conferred Padma Award

In a distinguished ceremony hosted in New Delhi on Monday, the President of India bestowed the prestigious Padma Shri award upon Ghulam Nabi Dar, lauding his outstanding contributions to the realm of Art and his representation of the vibrant cultural tapestry of Jammu and Kashmir.

At the age of 10, Ghulam Nabi Dar embarked on his artistic odyssey, delving into the world of wood carving. Now in his seventies, his lifelong dedication has flourished into an extraordinary talent, garnering recognition both locally and nationally for his exceptional craftsmanship.

Born on April 3, 1957, Dar’s artistic endeavors intricately capture the breathtaking beauty of Kashmir’s landscapes through his wood carvings. His distinct designs, inspired by the natural allure of the region, have earned him widespread acclaim for their meticulous detailing and aesthetic appeal.

Dar’s artistic prowess first gained recognition with a State award in 1984, paving the way for international exhibitions across countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Baghdad, and Lichtenstein, Germany. His masterful skill and unwavering dedication were further honored in 1995-96 with the prestigious National award.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dar’s passion for woodcraft has remained unwavering, serving as a testament to his profound love for his art and his homeland. His journey from humble beginnings to national acclaim exemplifies the transformative power of dedication and artistic expression.

Receiving the Padma Shri award is a testament to Dar’s enduring legacy and his invaluable contribution to preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir through his artistic endeavors.

As Ghulam Nabi Dar continues to inspire through his remarkable talent, his story serves as a beacon of hope and pride for artisans and cultural enthusiasts alike, reaffirming the timeless significance of art in shaping and celebrating the essence of a region.

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