Every year, after the brief but refreshing Diwali break, I am always glad to be back in the studio and on site. There is always excitement and anticipation to move on to my next challenges as a designer and a team leader. I found out that this was a sentiment I shared with renowned sculptor and artist, Arzan Khambatta during his session with the JTCPL Designs team. From his art and work ethic to his approach to design and people, he covered a wide range of topics with us. Below are the takeaways from that session that really hit home for me and my team
- Making fulfilment a motivation: While most artists are hugely motivated by a pure love for art, Arzan takes that love a notch further by making fulfilment a focus. He doesn’t need a break from the craft because it’s the craft where he finds joy. This was something that I deeply resonated with.
- A commitment to structure: Art is usually hailed as a profession that draws on organic flow of thought and sudden inspiration. But for Arzan, discipline and structure are the cornerstones of the creative process. His sense of organisation and commitment to schedules and targets only serve to sharpen the tools with which he carves his masterpieces.
- Expanding perceptions: On a more sombre note, Arzan shared the need for opportunities for our coming generations to expand their minds. Exposing ourselves to art and developing a knack for art appreciation is the best way to do that. We are currently starved for such opportunities, best embodied by elaborate town squares and plazas – spaces where the general public can commune with food, fanfair and exhibits of creations by local artists.
- The importance of being approachable: Despite his status as one of the country’s more well-known names in art, there is a great deal of grace that Arzan maintains when interacting with people. He opens up to anyone who approaches him with questions on art, just as he would welcome an old friend. It was this striking combination of humility and talent that made his session such a success.
- Keeping the human touch: A follow-up to Arzan’s approachable attitude is the way he makes his art more accessible. Instead of placing it in an esoteric zone, he makes sure that the thought behind his work is not lost on the layman. It’s an outlook that’s even helped me create spaces that are lucidly human-centric, not just soulless and ambiguous creations.
As an architecture student who found his calling in sculpture, Arzan has a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude towards the journey to one’s destination. It’s this thought that keeps me going everyday too – whether I am back at work or at the next marathon. As long as you are enjoying the sights along the track, the destination and the origin are secondary.