When Dilip Shyam was honoured with the Jangarh Singh Shyam Award in 2008, he was overjoyed. It was like a dream come true. He had always wanted to be a painter like Jangarh, his paternal uncle, as well as his inspiration.
After graduating from school, Dilip Shyam left his village, Patangarh, for Bhopal with high hopes. But he was soon disappointed when he realized how difficult it was to find a job in the city. Like all his cousins and friends, he had put a great deal of time and effort into his paintings, which speak of his imagination and creativity.
He cherishes the memory of Jangarh Singh, who had commented on seeing his paintings, “You also have the artist in you. Don’t let that die.” Jangarh’s words still inspire Dilip to continue with his art everyday, no matter how exhausted he may be.