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'Langar Hall (free kitchen)' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'Langar Hall (free kitchen)'

This is a drawing of The 'Langar Hall (free kitchen'). Which is for my 'Sikh art' exhibition which is taking place this Sunday, between the 2nd to 15th November at the Winns Gallery in Walthamstow.

The institution of the Sikh Langar or free kitchen’ was started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of ‘religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status’. Which was a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th-century India.
 In addition to equality, the tradition of langar expresses the ethics of ‘sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of humankind’.

Every ‘Gurdwara’ has a Langar attached to it where food is served to anyone without any charge. The term ‘Langar’ is also used for the communal meal served at the ‘Gurdwaras’.The food served in the ‘Langar’ must be simple, so as to prevent wealthy congregations turning it into a feast that shows off their superiority.

Only ‘vegetarian food’ is served in the Gurdwaras. This ensures that any visitor to the Gurdwara, whatever the dietary restrictions of their faith, can eat in the ‘Langar’.The meal may include chappati, dall (pulses), vegetables and rice pudding. Fish and eggs are counted as meat and excluded.

Sahibzada 'Ajit Singh' and 'Jujhar Singh' at the ' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
Sahibzada 'Ajit Singh' and 'Jujhar Singh' at the '

This is a drawing of 'Guru gobind Singh Ji's' elder sons 'Ajit Singh' (18 years old) and 'Jujhar Singh' (14 years old). Who were both martyred at the 'Battle of Chamkaur' in 1704. Which is for my 'Sikh art' exhibition taking place next week, between the 2nd to 15th November at the Winns Gallery in Walthamstow. The Battle Of Chamkaur was a battle fought between the Sikh Khalsa led by Guru Gobind Singh against the Mughal forces led by Wazir Khan.

In 1704, the siege of Anandpur caused great hardships to the Guru and his Sikhs. The Moghuls sent message after message to the Guru that he should vacate the fort and swore on the Quran that they will not harm him. So the Sikhs left during the night of December 20, 1704. As soon as the besiegers realised this they forgot theor oaths and fell upon the Guru's party. Baba Ajit Singh with a party of Sikhs, held up the enemy, while the rest were crossing the river Sarsa.

After crossing the river the Guru hurried towards Chamkaur. He had only forty Sikhs with him, besides his two elder sons. The Mughal army was coming after them and were only a few miles away head of him. He decided to meet them at Chamkaur at the fortress of 'Budhi Chand Rawat'.

The Mughals armies arrived in there thousands at night and decided to force open the gate and rushed towards it. A batch of five Sikhs went out to meet them holding their advance as long as possible. The Sikhs fought bravely and killed many until at last they were overpowered and slain. Then another batch of five Sikhs went out to meet the enemy and check his advance. This went for some time, the enemy suffered heavily at hands of each batch of Sikhs.

After a time, Guru Gobind Singh's eldest son, 'Baba Ajit Singh', asked permission to go out and oppose the enemy. He said, 'Dear father, my name is Ajit or Unconquerable. I will not be conquered and if conquered I will not flee or comeback alive. Permit me to go, dear father'. The Guru knew what the end of his son would be. He hugged and kissed his son and bade him to go out and fight the enemy.

Baba Ajit Singh was accompanied by five Sikhs. They poured a rain of arrows at the enemy and then he took out his lance and sprang upon the enemy. He thrust his lance into the heart of  the enemy Soldier. The soldier wore a steel armour, the lance got stuck in the armour. Baba Ajit Singh tried to pull it out, and it broke into two. He drew his sword and fell upon the enemy but was overpowered and was martyred.

The Guru had been watching with his other son from the roof of the fort. He had admired and rejoiced at the skill, strength and bravery shown by his eldest son. He had seen him wounded and saw him fall. Baba Jujhar Singh the second son of Guru Gobind Singh, also watched his elder brother fighting with the enemy and he too had seen him fall. At once he stood before his father and made the same request as his elder brother had to permit him to go. He said that he will prove worthy of him and will die fighting with his face towards the enemy, with the name of the Lord and the Guru on his lips and in his heart.

Baba Jujhar Singh was then less than sixteen years of age. The Guru was pleased to hear what he had said. He gave him a sword and a shield and said: 'Go my son, and wed the life-giving Death. Now we shall return to our real home. Go and wait for me there. Your grandfather and elder brother are already waiting for you.'

Once armed Jujhar Singh went out with five Sikhs. He fought bravely and fearlessly as his elder brother had done. But the odds were too heavily loaded against him and he was overpowered and died fighting at last. The Guru was watching all this, and saw his second son fall. He thanked God that his son had proven worthy of a saint soldier.

Guru Gobind Singh Ji did survive the battle, but at a heavy price. losing his 2 eldest sons to the enemy and nearly all his Sikh soldiers. But he would also lose his remaining 2 youngest sons, who were later executed.

'Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji'

This is a drawing Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji (1648–1718). which is for my 'Sikh art' exhibition taking place between the 2nd to 15th November at the Winns Gallery in Walthamstow. I have seen lots of artwork depicting Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji but none of them really represent the entire story in there depiction.

The story goes that Bhai Kanhaiya Singh Ji  that In 1704 he was on a visit to Anandpur when the city was invaded by the imperial Mughal army. During the frequent battles between the Sikhs and the enemy, Bhai Kanhaiya was often seen carrying a mashak (a spouch made of goat's skin that was used to carry water), to serve water to anyone who was thirsty.

He took upon the task of quenching the thirst of the wounded soldiers in the battle of Anandpur Sahib in 1704. He did this sewa with love and affection without any discrimination between the Guru's Sikh soldiers and the Mughal armies' soldiers (as you can see in my drawing he is giving water to the Mughal soldier, while the Sikh soldiers are crying for help in the background). His act of compassion stirred up stern criticism amongst his fellow Sikhs (the Sikh soldiers pointing in the right corner), who complained to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, pointing out that Bhai Kanhaiya Ji was serving water to the wounded soldiers from the enemy camp.

They were especially annoyed because the Mughals had surrounded the city and stopped all their food supplies, and here was Bhai Kanhaiya sharing with them what little water they had. They had tried to stop him many a time, but he would not pay any heed. Guru Gobind Singh summoned Bhai Kanhaiya and explained that he had received a complaint about his actions on the battlefield.

Guruji said, “These brave Sikhs are saying that you go and feed water to the enemy and they recover to fight them again – Is this true?”

Bhai Kanhaiya Ji replied "Yes, my Guru, what they say is true. But Maharaj, I saw no Mughal or Sikh on the battlefield. I only saw human beings. And, ... Guru Ji, .. they all have the same God’s Spirit? – Guru Ji, have you not taught us to treat all God's people as the same?"

The Guru was very pleased with the reply. Bhai Kanhaiya Ji had understood the deep message of Gurbani correctly. Guru ji smiled and blessed Bhai Kanhaiya. Guru Ji said, "Bhai Kanhaiya Ji, You are right. You have understood the true message of Gurbani". He then continued and told the Sikhs that Bhai Kanhaiya had understood the deeper message of the Gurus' teachings correctly and that they all have to strive to learn lessons from the priceless words of Gurbani.

Guru also gave Bhai Kanhaiya Ji medical Balm and said “From now on, You should also put this balm on the wounds of all who need it”'
Then turning to the sangat Guru Ji said, Saadh sangat ji, Bhai Kanhaiya is a God-fearing saintly soul. His impartial and non-biased behaviour towards others has led him to achieve Sehaj-avastha. Let him carry on with his mission. Many more will follow in his footsteps in the years to come and keep the tradition of Nishkam sewa alive."

I hope my interpretation gives a more honest account of what happened. Including the very difficult decision he made to do what was right even though it angered his fellow Sikhs. I have thought about this dilemma while drawing this piece, and still am not sure if I would have the compassion courage to do what he did.

'Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale' by Pen-Tacular-Artist
'Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale'

Graphite and Charcoal drawing of 'Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale' for my upcoming 'Sikh art Exhibition' taking place at the Winns Gallery in London from 2nd till the 15th November.

.Bhindernwale is one of the most controversial figures in recent Sikh History. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (2 June 1947 – 6 June 1984) was the leader of the Damdami Taksal (a Sikh religious group) and political revolutionary and is notable for his support of the Anandpur Sahib Resolu...tion. He called for a return to what is considered to be the "pure" roots of Sikhism. He advocated against the consumption of liquor, drugs and laxness in religious practices, such as the cutting of Kesh (hair) of the Sikh youth. And srongly condemned the Indian constitution's Article 25 declaring minorities such as Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as part of Hinduism.

In August 1982, Bhindranwale and the Akali Dal launched the Dharam Yudh Morcha (battle for righteousness), with its stated aims being the fulfillment of a list of demands based on the Anandpur Sahib Resolution. Thousands of people joined the movement in the hopes of acquiring a larger share of irrigation water and the return of Chandigarh to Punjab.

Bhindranwale has been noted for strongly opposing prime minister Indira Gandhi for alleged policies against Punjab during Dharam Yudh Morcha . Later that year she ordered the attack on Golden Temple, Sikhism's most sacred shrine, in Amritsar on the martyrdom day of Sikh's 5th Guru, Guru Arjan when the complex was full with innocent pilgrims.

Since his death, Bhindranwale has remained a controversial figure in Indian history. While the Sikhs' highest temporal authority Akal Takht describe him a great martyr of the Sikh Nation, who made supreme sacrifice for the sake of faith, the Indian government views him as an extremist.

Although Bhindranwale has often been associated with the Khalistan movement, he neither opposed nor supported the formation of Khalistan:. In an interview, he stated that "we like to live together, we like to live in India", but did not object to the state's hypothetical creation. However, he did consider Sikhs as "a distinct nation".



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Before i give my life story i just wanted to highligtht that my drawings will mainly consist of graphite. And will encompass a wide variety of different 'fanart' especially sci-fi, games and comic book characters,aAs well as traditioal portraits (which is not my strong point yet).

Now for my life story. I have been drawing and loved art for as long as i can remember and graduated with a degree in 'Product Design' 13 years ago. And I also had my comics strip published in a national U.K newspaper when i was only 15. But for reasons that are way to complicated to go into here, i abruptly stopped drawing. And all self belief and confidence in my drawing abilties vanished which left me having no interest in art or design and I subsequently did not draw for a full 11 years.

But in mid 2012 i had an urge to draw again so opicked up my bic biro pen and haven't really stopped. And I loved using all types of pen's (hence my name) to draw, with my favourite pens originally being 'bic pens', 'magic markers' and 'rotring isograph pens'. But haveing started using graphite in sept 2012, it has now overtaken them and has now become my favourite medium to use.

I am only now at a point (since my spiderman drawing) where i should have been, due to neglecting my skills for 11 years. But i am making up for lost time and drawing every day and will not be happy till my work is up to the standard of some other incredible artists on DA, like 'Angelstorm-82' . So to all the other amazing artist on here thanks for the inspiration that you give me.

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art-devi Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Superb art I saw today....thanks to you sir. I really love what I saw because of the excellent artistry & the depiction of our glorious sikh heritage in your art.
Waheguru G has blessed you with His whole heart.
M-JulZ Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic gallery! =)
JalenHarrison Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy belated BirthdayFree Birthday Icon Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D happy DA B-day :3 
Music---Junky Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! You're a fantastic artist <3 :D
Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks Allot.
ronekimew Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!!!!! :huggle: :party: :cake: :heart:
Pen-Tacular-Artist Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks Allot.
ronekimew Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome, hope you have a good day 
ugiel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday :)
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Thanks Allot.
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