- November 15, 2018
- Mrinmoy Bhattacharjee
Art inspires people to unleash their creativity and reinterpret the routine. This, in turn, can well lead to innovation and, if harnessed rightly, even foster business growth. Shyam Sujan, a Philips careerist and now secretary general of Elcoma, picked up the paintbrush when he was ten. And later when Philips tapped into the creativity of this self-taught artist, he realised that his passion was taking him places.
“Philips understood my creative potential and tasked me with the job of designing signage communication for displays at dealerships. The company also channelised my creativity in its process management. I successfully changed two processes for the northern region. The processes that used to take three months were shortened to one month, then to 15 days, one week, and finally to two days. Besides, as a customer relations manager, my sensitivity helped me train salespeople to imbibe empathy while dealing with their consumers,” says the lighting veteran.
Sujan held his debut public exhibition at the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society in New Delhi under ‘Ayat & Inayat’ recently.
The displayed paintings are a treasure that the septuagenarian has accumulated during his career of four decades. “When I used to tour Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and other hilly regions as a salesperson, I was mesmerized by the snow-capped mountains. In the evenings I would take out time to paint the mountains. I think that these paintings portray my inner bond with nature and bring spontaneity to the subject that I have chosen to depict, be it landscape or abstract.”
Sujan stresses that his quest for nature has nurtured his creative soul. “I have established a connection with nature through art. For me, art is a spontaneous and joyful celebration of life. It encourages my creativity and invigorates my quest for something truer, closer to nature. I am a nature lover.”
The painter’s passion boosted his career, while his career fed his passion.