On Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurupurab 2020, Chandigarh Artist Makes Optical Illusion Painting of Guru Nanak Saheb

On the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Chandigarh-based artist makes an optical illusion portrait of him. The portrait is made keeping in mind the preaching of Nanak Saheb.

Mamta Raut

November 30, 2020

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Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurupurab is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal by the Sikh community. This year, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire community is celebrating the festival in unique ways following all the coronavirus guidelines. Speaking of which, a Chandigarh-based artist Varun Tandon has created an optical illusion of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, which has created quite a buzz online. Made of 551 ‘Ek Onkar’, the portrait is his special tribute to Saheb Guru Nanak. Check it out in the video below:

While describing his art, Varun aptly details all the minute information about how the portrait commemorates the Sikh community and Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s 551 birthday. From the written inscriptions to the colour concept, everything has been made keeping in mind the preaching of Guru Nanak.

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Varun says, “The portrait that you are looking is of Guru Nanak Saheb Ji. It is made out of 551 inscriptions of ‘Ek Onkar’. If you stand at a close distance and see the portrait, then one can only see Ek Onkar’s written on it. However, if one is watching the portrait from a distance then they will be able to see the photograph of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. This is an optical illusion which is formed with Ek Onkar’s written in 13 colours. The concept of 13 colours is also inspired by Guru Nanak Dev’s pitching ‘Tera Tera’, keeping his preaching in mind, I have used 13 different colours of 551 Ek Onkar’s to make this illusion painting.”

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This optical illusion portrait is kept at the Gurudwara Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib. It is reported that the artist took almost 7 days to create the masterpiece. His idea was to do something different on this auspicious day. Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurupurab 2020 falls on Monday, November 30 this year. Guru Nanak Jayanti 2020 also marks the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

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