Mubashir Aalam Wani
Srinagar: Sahil Manzoor, a 26 year old engineering graduate from Safakadal area of Srinagar city is getting huge accolades for his sand art talent.
Sahil recently took initiative for Wall of Kindness to help the poor people and also made a mural in the heart of the city Jehangir chowk, Lal chowk under the administration’s initiative to beautify the valley.
Talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) Sahil said, “I started to work on my passion in 2010 after I got inspired by a Persian sand artist ‘Fatmir’.
“I left my engineering and dedicated myself to art. The inspiration and goal of my work is to keep the true Kashmiri culture alive and make sure that the world knows of it and my work is able to accomplish this,” he said. “Everyone is a poet but for people who do not know their way around words, they use art to write poetry in motion.”
Sahil has been making art since he was a kid but it was only a hobby until recently, when he decided to do this full time.
“It was during an unprecedented lockdown post August 5, 2019 when I started taking this art of form seriously,” he said.
“The fact that people kept saying there is no career path for artists in Kashmir, has been the mightiest source of motivation for me. I like to be connected to my roots in times that we are currently living in, with very little or no hope left in the majority of the society,” she said.
Recently, Sahil has also proposed to beautify the streets of Srinagar city as a tribute to the city and is waiting for its approval.
Apart from being the first Kashmiri sand artist, Sahil also does mural art, sketching and portraits—(KNO)