Ghulam Rasool Santosh

(1929 - 10 March 1997 / Chinkral Mohalla, Srinagar, Kashmir / India)

Ghulam Rasool Santosh
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Ghulam Rasool Santosh (Kashmiri: ग़ुलाम रसूल संतोष (Devanagari), غلام رسول سنتوش (Nastaleeq)) was a prominent Kashmiri Indian painter and poet. He was best known for his themes inspired by Kashmir Shaivism.

Early Life

He was born Ghulam Rasool in a Kashmiri Muslim family of modest means in the Chinkral Mohalla neighborhood of old Srinagar. He dropped out of school after his father's death and took up odd jobs like writing, painting signboards, weaving silk and whitewashing walls. In 1954 he won a scholarship to study fine arts under a celebrated Indian painter, N. S. Bendre in the city of Baroda, in the state of Gujarat, in western India.

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It is said
When there was nothing
That, indeed, was everything.
Around there was that eye as well
Where dreams of beginning
And the end, lay asleep
Lost within manifold dreams.
That world of half sleep
Terrain of doubt between yes and no.
Vision that, tired, returns
The eye, as wide awake yet somnolent looking,
Does not cry, nor smile
There was no rival in love
No love rite either
Neither heart nor beloved.
The illusion of Brahma broke
And the eye blinked
That which was not
Started happening all at once
The footfalls ...

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