The Hero’s Journey of Madan Lal

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The best thing is my morning habit of drawing in my sketchbook. Just sitting in front of the canvas fills me with color and energy allover. I never paint without energy. The energy I gain with a feeling to paint in the morning helps me start with the music of lines, colors, composition, balance and spontaneity. And I start painting on the canvas and then the connection with outer world is totally shutdown, when I finish, I remember only painting and nothing else.

What is my idea of Happiness?

Happiness is a blessing to a Creative person. Painting gives me happiness and my inner self is always happy without achieving anything material. For me Happiness is the key to all beautiful compositions of this life.

What is my greatest fear?

The thought that one day I may not face lack of Enthusiasm at the time of Performance on the canvas of life.

Disturbed concentration.

Being not honest with your work.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

When I  am unable to execute my creative thoughts in the imagined manner. When I plan to work with new medium, or create  installations/ explore new printmaking techniques/ develop sculptures  but  I keep delaying on and then I realize that once gone the time never comes back again and the idea dissolves slowly.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

 Dr. BN Goswami, (art historian )

Uma Nair (art critics )

 Anish Kapoor ( Artist )

Sudarsharshan Nair,


Rameshwar Broota


Orhan Cebrailoglu

Gabrielle L Hirondelle Hill

Olafur Eliasson

Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass

What is my greatest extravagance?

Purchasing Art martial & Collecting Drinks

On what occasion would I lie?

When a person discuss unrealistic issues no relevance with present

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

The repetition of the same elements.When I miss my creative metaphors, Rhythm & Spontaneity in my paintings.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I am happiest when I achieve a minimum 50 % transformation of my imagery on canvas and on getting appreciation from a trustee art lover/ art critic/buyer.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I am happy with what I am but may be sometimes I wish to be little more energetic & social & outspoken / state forward.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My Work has been Awarded with

National Award By Ministry of Culture Government of India, (Once in life) 2017

Kala Sanman  By Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Chandigarh -2018

Award of Senior Art Fellowship By Center for Cultural Resources & Training Government of India -2019

Honorary post

Secretary Lalit Kala Akademi Punjab –since 2021

Vice-Chairman Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi Chandigarh-2012-2018

Secretary- Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi- 2003-2006

Secretary Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi -2000-2003

Assist Director Design in the Institute of Design for handicraft Punjab Chandigarh -1990-2019

Executive member Chandigarh Lalit kaka Akademi-1996-2000-

Executive member Chandigarh Lalit kaka Akademi-2007-2012

Where would I most like to live?

Wherever there is a great zest for life .

On the basis of my traveling experiences, I wish to have a studio to paint in nature, may be suburbs of Canada or India

What is my most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession are few antique things of my grandmother & memories with family, children , friends , art circular ,art camps , travelling, Exhibitions, my Sketch books &paintings are most treasured possession .

What is my most marked characteristic?

Generosity, devotion, kindness, self-control &positivity in all aspects of life .

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I am living in Chandigarh a beautiful city designed by famous Swiss-French Architect:Le Corbusier .The most inspirational places here are :

The Art Museum Campus

Institute of design,

College of fine arts,

Museum & art gallery situated in  Leisure Valley  sector 10-C, Chandigarh

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

My favorite place is Press Club Chandigarh where I feel very homely & enjoy my drinks&Food .

What books influenced my life and how?

Old Masters Bio-Graphs& their Great Works of  Art like:

Indian Miniature Paintings, Ajanta Murals , Elora cave , Khujroo Temple, Sun Temple Puri, old civilization

Leonardo Da Vinci,


Peter Paul Rubens,


Paul Gauguin,

Claude Monet,

Vincent Van Gogh

Pablo Picasso,

Piet Mondrian,

David Hockney 

Mark Rothko

The books & travelling to Temple give you wings to fly, imagination, skill, knowledge, execution and Motivation .

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day?

I would love to listen to Quotes of the Bhagavad Gita at the sea shore with Sunset colors on the sky. 

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

God Shiva and all 33 Million God &Goddess, whom we worship and Main Five elements of our body,

Earth-Water-Fire-Air-Space, these are also worshiped in the form of God.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

The Scientist,Space Scientist, Adventures, Researchers, Technocrat, Surgeon  Doctors all categories of artists, Players and all those who work for the betterment of the society .

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Avatar: The way of water, AVATAR-2

What role-play stories in my life and work?

Stories create perspective &dimension, Stories add awareness in your vision  and stories give you wings to fly in the past, & future .They play an important role in our life, we learn from our Gurus, Heroes, Heroine like values, teachings, morals, ethics and way of life …..

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life to me?

Very Perfect Question

I am an observer : I have seen times changing .Experienced almost 6 decades. Have experienced walking to the airplane, from bicycle to SUV, from penny to Dollars, well water to packaged mineral water. I was born in a small village now a town in Talwamdi Bhai District Ferozepur near Punjab, when I was 7 year old I remember the days of war with Pakistan , the blackout at night, a fear . I was good in drawing from school time so decided to be an artist. One thing that helped me to know the world was translated Russian litterateur in Punjabi language I read famous writer like ,Leo Tolstoy , Maxim Gorky , Khaleel Gibran ,Ernest Hemingway , & our Indian famous writer , Munshi Prem Chand , Manto , krishanChander, Amrita Pritam, Shiv Batalvi , Surjit Patar and so many more

Now when I am sharing these words with myself I  remember days and nights without electricity in our home. My mother used to light the kerosene lamp in the evening, we did not have boundary in our home, I studied under the tree ,when the school had no building .I came to City from my village to study in theCollege Of Fine Art Chandigarh , worked as an artist, officer,  Asstt .professor, professional artist. I have seen the Historical change In society & growth/advancements in all fields of technology, social, financial, etc. I have traveled in bullock cart to airplane  . Now when I look around, mylife looks like a story

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, or partner in crime?

I have lots of fans & sponsors of my paintings but do not have partners in any kind of crime

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to working on?

This year I am planning to Exhibit abroad with my online Art Galleries or with my Curators may be in Canada, or USA as the art market comes into form .last year I have been sharing my paintings on social platforms and analyzing my work .The response is overwhelming  from  the  Art Lovers, Artists and Galleries .

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2022?

Max Laniado-owner of art company

Nain Amyn

Tara Vahab


Kare Pettersen

Nalni Malvya

Poonam Aggarwal Thukar

Uma Nair,

Brenda Johnson ,

Rachna Singh Editor owel Magazine

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

I have 38 years of journey in the creative field as an  artist, curator, organizer, and teacher  so with the grace of God my paintings/prints are being appreciated all over the world & God knows when you get a chance to exhibit with famous Art Galleries/Museums

Here you can find some of my paintings on

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Very Perfect….. the life of an artist, writer Actor, musician, and singer is connected with passion, without passion every act is colorless, so passion has no age bar as we are getting the old passion to add Miracle in our life.Passion is the main source of our survival .

How can you contact me?,




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Madan artist Chandigarh

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