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In 1948, Trilok Singh went to Patiala from Meerut. According, to the advice of Bhai Sahib Sant Randhir Singh, he showed the portrait of ‘Guru Nanak Dev with full life history’ to Maharaja of Patiala. As soon as, the secretary of Maharaja of Patiala saw the painting, he got so impressed that he kept that painting with him to show it to his Highness of Patiala. When Maharaja Patiala saw the painting, he called Trilok Singh and he was appointed as Artist in Patiala State Court.
On 8.6.1948 Trilok Singh was declared as a state artist in Patiala Darbar for three years. He worked there from 1948 to 1951. There were many artists working and he got the opportunity to work with them, especially with an artist Sir. Ganga Singh from Dehradun, who used to make ‘Botanical drawings’. There he prepared number of commercial art works, portraits and life size paintings. One of the very fascinating life size portraits was of Sant Randhir Singh. He wanted the German Prints to be made for the portrait so he went to “Hem Chander Bhargava and sons”, in Delhi to enquire about the price for printing but due to prices quoted, he failed to get it done.
In 1951, Trilok Singh started working as an artist in the Punjabi Mehkama, Patiala. In 1952 he got a gold medal in painting exhibition in Ramgarhia College, Phagwara.
In 1952, he thought of illustrating the Divine words of Guru i.e. ‘Shabad’. The very first painting on ‘Shabad’ was completed that was fixed in wooden frame with ivory work. This painting depicts the different stages of man’s life, where Guru Nanak Dev explains it in his own words “gfjb/ fgnko brk ED d[fXHHHHH” and Trilok Singh had defined it in his own pictorial language. After seeing its visual form, it seems as if painting was speaking for their meanings. This painting was taken by Swami Keshwanand Ex.-MP and still displayed at “Sanghria Museum”, Sanghria, Rajisthan
He was member of Pepsu Assembly Hall Decoration Committee. Maharaja Surinder Singh ordered that the paintings of Trilok Singh should always be displayed in Pepsu Emporium,. From here, his paintings were sold and sent to foreign countries. ‘Guru Gobind sleeping in Machhiwara forest’ was sent to Russia and similarly many other paintings.
Shri Swami Keshwanand of Sangharia was Member Parliament during PEPSU times. He got book published in Hindi on Sikh History by Shri. Desh Raj. He visited many artists but found either portraits of Sikh Gurus or war paintings but could not get what Guru’s message in any of those paintings. When he visited the artist, he was very much impressed to see paintngs based on Guruban. In 1954, Swami ji purchased thirty three paintings and decorated in gallery named as ”Trilok Kala Kaksh” at Sangharia, Rajisthan so that people may understand Gurubani from paintings. In 1954, the Artist was specially invited on their annual function at Sangharia and was honoured.
In 1955, when Punjabi Mehkama, Karora Niwas Patiala, was closed. there was a fear that S. Trilok Singh would be retrenched from work but captain Mohan Singh Kiledar of Kila Mubarak and S. Pritam Singh Karora mentioned about it to Dr. Ganda Singh, the then Director /Punjabi Mehkama & Archives, who saw his paintings and said, “I think myself lucky to see his paintings and I have got respect for his all round talent. I have succeeded in bringing him to Punjabi Language Department. He did meticulous job. His creations of the illustrations of verses from Guru Granth Sahib have left deep impressions on human mind. Besides the technique the paintings reflect his inner dedication. I have the faith after seeing these paintings, people will be aware of the art of Trilok Singh. They will also learn to work hard and they will get inspiration….” . Dr. Ganda Singh retained him.
In the language Department, the first work assigned to him was to make a layout plan for getting the four rare manuscripts of Bhai Kahan Singh’s Dictionary into one volume (Guru Shabad Rattanakar Mahan Kosh) only. It was difficult task to reduce four volumes into one, but finally, his draft plan got approved by S. Mohan Singh, Chairman of Public Service Commision, Punjab. After approval, work started in full swing and got it completed. Dr Ganda wrote that those who take benefit from the Mahan Kash of Bhai Kahan Singh, should also be thankful to the artist for his contribution to Mahan Kosh compilation and making it printable. Bhai Kahan Singh’s son S. Bhagwant Singh Hari, also actively involved and visited Trilok Singh’s residence to get the work completed. All the illustrations, sketches, maps and different type weapons with names were illustrated. Only 2000 copies of Mahan Kosh was published in 1960 when Giani Lal Singh was the Director, Language department, Punjab. This Guru Shabad Rattanakar Mahan Kosh had four columns but in subsequently publications it was reduced to three columns and most of illustrations were not deleted.
The Artist prepared six hundred pictures for this Punjabi Dictionary to be published in six volumes, but, these were lost due to the carelessness of the people of printing press. Those drawings were redone. These are part of Panjabi kosh. There was block printings but quality deteriorates with subsequently publications.
Trilok Singh was master of his brush and could use it with utmost care for a technical work like illustrations and microscopic pictures for the dictionaries and encyclopedias or for depicting any theme on the big canvas. Four volumes of Punjabi dictrionary, departmental publications, Punjabi Duniya & Sapat Sindhu( Hindi) magazines , charts of Punjabi world and illustrations for children dictionary were designed and prepared by him along with “Vishwavkosh” a Punjabi encyclopedia, Punjabi Kosh, Mahan Kosh of Bhai Kahan Singh of Nabha, illustrations for science books, junior science series, books of Bulle Shah, Christ, Guru Teg Bahadur and birds were also prepared by him.
After coming to Punjab, Trilok Singh was all for Punjabi culture and its glorious traditions, Trilok Singh had tremendous faith and knowledge about Sikh history and sikh religion.
. From 1962 to 1964 he was working for study Circle, Punjabi University Patiala. 13th.January, 1968 was celebrated as ‘Punjabi Day’ in Punjab. A painting was made by Trilok Singh, which was presented to the Chief Minister of Punjab S. Lashman Singh Gill.
Trilok Singh was so hard working that after his office hours he used to prepare pictures for the relatives, friends and employees of his office, which he would give them free of cost.
From 1974 to 1990 his main works were the paintings on the teachings of Guru and saints. He adopted absolutely new direction in the field of fine arts to convey teachings of saints, Guru and poets through his paintings. He has given form to the formless with the mystical touches of his brush. Gurubani is full of symbols. He visualized that painting has direct impact and even an illiterate person can understand the message of Gurbani. He realized very soon, early in life, that his art is for society and he has created it to convey the message of Gurus to the people, through the media of painting. There is a possibility to improve the mankind and the whole society.
He made it clear that art and society have a close relationship and art should be used to improve the society. The knowledge is the strength of his paintings. He believed to live in the light of Gurubani under the guidance of Shri Akal Takht and Guru Granth Sahib as the Guru. He worked for the love and unity of every one Trilok Singh was very humble servant of God and society. He led a life of truthful living and to become the real well wisher of the nation and people was his main routine.
He has wrote thirteen articles; “ fiB b'fJD, G[Zbk p[Zbk, p'bh s{bh d/ wjkB fuZsoeko oftzdo BkE N?r'o, woihT[Vk s/ ukBD w[Bkok ueotksh, ;kv/ fgnko/ B/sk itkjo bkb Bfjo{ dh t;hns” published in magazines of language department are worth mentioning. Beside the rich brush, Trilok Singh did blossom some literary flowers too, which have got a different fragrance and gives altogether a different happiness. All these articles are in his published book in Punjabi ”Duna Laha”
He also translated many articles from Bengali to Punjabi. His book “Bangla Di Baab” book is a translation of Bengali stories and “Rahu te chand” is a novel. He was not an artist only but a very fine writer also. Trilok Singh knew many languages Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Persian & English and translated many articles, stories and books from Bengali to Punjabi. It was very rare to have such qualities, undoubted sincerity and dedication.
His paintings were displayed at many places. He participated in number of exhibitions before they finally settled down in other art galleries, museums and Chitarlok.
On 25.11.73, Giani Zail Singh the Chief Minister, Punjab inaugurated the exhibition of Trilok Singh’s paintings in ‘Chitralok’ Patiala. He on behalf of state govt. grant of five thousand rupees for the development of his Chitarlok Art Gallery.
In 1974, a sword and robe of honour were presented to Trilok Singh on the annual function of martyr day of Guru Arjan Dev. This exhibition of his paintings was held in ground near the ‘Chitralok’. In 1977-78 he participated in Four Hundredth anniversary of Amritsar foundation day and he was again given a “ Robe” of honour with an amount of five hundred and one rupees.
In 1978 he participated in Punjab fine arts hobby centre exhibition. He was honoured on 125th birthday of Bhai Kahan Singh for his contribution towards “GuruShabad Rattankar Mahan Kosh”.
He always keep brush on the ear, dozen pens on both pockets of his shirt, paper in the middle pocket. The pockets of coat are full of peanuts, colours, scissors hammer, rope i.e. Sootlee, cotton, pins, ribbons and tape. He presented himself as a television set on the screen of the world as a complete painting. There is how a a very close friend of.. Trilok Singh never has a faith in “ swearing” he will never swear by anybody and always friendly with all. He has got lot of sense of humour. His small jokes and stories will please everyone around him. Since Trilok Singh has been brought up in an atmosphere of “ Guru Sikh, “ his mind is crystal clear like water always splashing like the moonlight and pure like lotus.
Though Trilok Singh got retirement from his service from Language Department yet he could be always seen working either isn his studio or in “ Art Exhibition” or in public functions where he was busy in displaying his works or distributing the prints of his works to the public.
Another theme about which he felt very strongly was “Relationship of parents, son and daughter-in-law. He was totally inspired by “ GkJh r[odk; ih dh tko (37-13) nekb g[oy oj dzgsh Bz{ ;[wZs pyP/HHH..””, “ekj/ g{s MrVsjT[ ;zfr pkgHHH..’’(Why a married son quarrels with his father)
After printing cards on social themes, he distribute among young people from time to time. Similarly, he will distribute small posters for “Mother India” and for Brave Indian Soldiers. By doing so, he wanted that people are aware of these facts of life about the sacrifice of parents, mother India and sacrifices of the soldiers who have laid down their lives for the country.
Trilok Singh chooses his subjects from varied facets of life. His art is dynamic rather than static. It is expressive of true feelings towards life and not merely a record of passing sensation.
He prepared illustrations for Sant Inder Singh Chakarvorty’s commemoration volume and made art works for poet for book “ Malvinder”.
So far his technique and style of painting is concerned, His creations have taken the shape of ‘Classical paintings’ with old traditional way of painting.
When one look at his painting, sometimes Trilok Singh seems to be a Muslim priest, a Christian preacher, a Pandit and at times a Guru. Each picture has become a history in itself. All the words of Gurubani translated into painting is the result of the meditation of his life-time.
It is always said about the artists and literary people that they do not care for their families, so their old age becomes a misery for them. Trilok Singh, though not from a very rich family, was blessed with contentment in life. He was totally a family man. He belonged to a family that always believed in doing everything with own hands. He has three sons and one daughter.
The artist always believed in ‘work in worship’ and he has not wasted any moment of his life. He got up early in morning and merged himself with the words of Gurbani and has created immortal works of art through his meditation and dedication towards an unseen spiritual power. Most of the time he was in his artistic mood, anytime of the day or night, he will pick up his brush and start working. Number of his works has reached thousands of houses with a message of Gurus.
“Trilok” means who lives in three worlds. A deep relationship of his mind and soul has been projected through his works. He has dressed his works and connected these directly with life and salvation.
On 6th June 1990, his wife, Mrs. Harbans kaur left for heavenly abode peacefully. The Artist felt that it was God’s will and remained very calm. Again, he continued his work in same way.
On 13th. July 1990, he prepared his Will. In Will, he wrote his youngest son Jotinder Singh will take care of his paintings as he has been helping him, looking after his paintings since long.
He developed into one of the great painter of imagination, the most original genius of Gurbani Paintings.
On 9th. Dec. 1990, He was invited to Ludhiana for honouring him by Art Society.
Trilok Singh had habit of writing daily diary before going to bed. He used to write important events of the day with all the visuals in different coloured inks. On 10th December, Monday 1990 he wrote his diary before he breathed his last next day.

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