Balbir Singh Sr. happens to be a three-time Olympic gold medallist. He also won silver during the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo. He passed away on May 25, 2020, at the age of 96, having been honoured with the Padma Shri award in 1957.
It is a special moment for any legend to be portrayed in a unique manner. Same has been the case for former Indian hockey legend, late Balbir Singh Sr.
Over the years, many have portrayed legendary sportspersons through paintings, using a paintbrush. However, in Balbir's case, he has been done so using a hockey stick and a coloured ball.
On Saturday, Hockey India (HI) sent out a post on Instagram, where a man named Varun Tandon had portrayed the legend using the process said above.
"Can you imagine using a hockey stick and ball and move them like a paintbrush? 🤔 This 23 by 15 feet portrait was made in the loving memory of Late Mr. @balbir_senior Senior who devoted his life for the betterment of hockey. Hats off to the creativity of Mr Varun Tandon! 👏 #IndiaKaGame" read the Instagram post by HI.
Can you imagine using a hockey stick and ball and move them like a paintbrush? 🤔 This 23 by 15 feet portrait was made in the loving memory of Late Mr. @balbir_senior Senior who devoted his life for the betterment of hockey. Hats off to the creativity of Mr Varun Tandon! 👏 #IndiaKaGame
Chandigarh: An artist made a portrait of Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Senior with hockey & ball at sector-42 hockey stadium, on his 97th birth anniversary yesterday. Varun Tandon said, "I want to show that he was a hero & also want to spread awareness about sports." pic.twitter.com/7omwJu0JUJ— ANI (@ANI) October 10, 2020
The portrait was also placed in a hockey stadium in Chandigarh. In the photo, Tandon is seen rubbing the ball in the paper, using a hockey stick. Tandon did quite some hard work, but in the end, it was portrayed beautifully.
Balbir was one of the members of the winning Indian hockey team during the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympics. He happened to be a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He had also won the silver during the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games.
He was conferred with the Padma Shri award in 1957, while he was also named the Best Sikh Hockey Player in 2006. He also featured in a stamp, along with Gurudev Singh, issued by the Dominican Republic in 1958, as a means of commemorating the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne.
He passed away on May 25, 2020, at the age of 96.
Last Updated 11, Oct 2020, 11:31 AM