Creative Mind

Shirish Satam, an Air India employee, creates wonderful mosaics with a variety of media and showcases them at the airline’s various offices

Every artist has his/ her creative medium, trademark imagery and signature element – the malleability of metal, strokes of a paintbrush or the steadfastness of stones. But 55-year-old Shirish Satam finds creative independence in mosaics.

“I am extremely passionate about creating a mosaic using various media such as sequins, fabric, wood, metal, stone, ceramic and glass tiles. My oeuvre comprises mosaic mirrors, nameplates, statues, wall murals and portraits,” says the flight purser (Mgr/IFSD Mumbai).

He credits his love for art to his mother, a primary school teacher whose poster artworks and teaching methods piqued his interest in the creative field. At the age of 48, Satam undertook a short course in electric arc welding, gas welding and brazing. But his love for mosaic art began when he conceived the idea of making a portrait of JRD Tata as a tribute.

The appreciation and interests shown by Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani has encouraged Satam to create more works of art. The artist says, “Most of my works are displayed at the Air India headquarters and other Air India offices in Delhi and Mumbai. I also use my creativity to convey social messages on topics like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the importance of tree plantation and conservation of water.”

His latest creation is a tribute to Indian soldiers who have sacrificed their life for the country. “I hope my work catches the viewer’s eye and inspires them to follow their passion like I did. I am grateful to my family for their assistance, valuable inputs and support to help me pursue my passion,” he adds.

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