By Mitan Sidhu
The Spirit Born Foundation, created by Mississauga-based brand artist Ambi Kalra to highlight the accomplishments of contemporary Sikhs, will host a gala reception on October 14 to honour the world-famous centenarian marathon-runner Fauja Singh.
One label is not enough to describe Ambi Kalra or what he represents. He is an entrepreneur with a zeal and passion that have a ripple effect on those around him. Among some of the mantels he has worn are those of being an image builder, an iconic brand artist and a philanthropist.
He has been very successful in building the image of numerous brands, including, but not limited to, the 1996 Summer Olympics at Atlanta, the 1994 Winter Olympics at Lillehammer, the Royal Mounted Canadian Police and Hockey Canada.
His creativity, flair, attention to detail and desire to add a touch of class to his products have led him to use embroidery as a way of providing more appealing merchandise, thus earning him the title of being an Iconic Brand Artist. Classique Canada and the Spirit Born lines bear his thumbprint.
Ambi is passionate about everything he does, and for the past few years he has focused that same passion on celebrating the heritage of the Sikhs. He has used his talents, expertise and experience to create and produce replicas of the ‘Arts of The Sikh Kingdoms’.
On October 29, 2009, Ambi held a successful exhibition, titled, ‘Spirit Born People Defending the World,’ in the Parliament of Canada.
Ambi takes great pride in all that he does and he strives to inspire pride in the younger generations for the Sikh heritage.