Artist: Jatinder Singh Durhailay, UK
Title: Guru Gobind Singh
Medium: Miniature Painting
Commissioner: Amardeep Sanghera
Around 1705, Guru Gobind Singh had made camp at Raikot, having managed to escape the deceitful army of Wazir Khan despite bearing witness to the martyrdom of his two elder sons during the Battle of Chamkaur.
He remained in Raikot whilst he awaited news of the fortunes of his mother Mata Gujri and his two younger sons, Sahibzaada Zoravar Singh and Sahibzaada Fateh Singh. They had become separated from him previously at the River Sirsa, and were suspected to be in Sirhind.
The chief of Raikot, Rai Kalha, was able to send his servant Noora Mahi to Sirhind without arousing suspicion as his sister resided there. Unfortunately, the news from Sirhind was dire.
Upon hearing the fate of the martyrdom of Sahibzaada Zoravar Singh and Sahibzaada Fateh Singh following the return of Noora Mahi, Guru Gobind Singh used a small blade from his kamarkasa to pluck the roots of the Kaahi plant from the ground. The Guru declared that just like this Kaahi plant, the roots of the Mughal tyrants will also be uprooted.
In this moment of torment and grief of a bereaved parent for a child, Guru Gobind Singh remained in Chardikala, and only saw the positive of what was to come.


Jatinder Singh Durhailay, UK

Jatinder Singh Durhailay born in 1988 in London, United-Kingdom. He received a Bachelor of the Arts from University Arts London in 2011 and has been active as a painter since. In addition to his beautiful paintings depicting Indian Sikh culture, Durhailay’s colourful drawing and watercolour work have as well drawn a wide fan base, while his practice has been praised within the art scene.

Jatinder Singh Durhailay’s work has appeared in many exhibitions around the world, and also sold at Scope Miami Art Basel in 2012. His talent, which can not be simply confined into Contemporary Indian Art or British Contemporary Painting, has gathered attention around the world with collectors in Europe, Asia and the USA. Some of the artist’s latest work appeared in “Empire, Faith and War” (Brunei Gallery, London UK 2014) and “State of Origin” (Unit24 Gallery, London UK 2014).

Durhailay is also trained in Indian Classical Music, performing and practicing Kirtan as well as playing among others, the rare Instrument that are the Dilruba and Taus.