Plato believed that ´Art is thrice-removed from reality´, but for none it has been an escape route. Rather, art in any form sways away a person in a world where ´willing suspension of disbelief´ takes over reasoning and logic. The absence of reasoning and logic in crude form facilitates appreciation of finer qualities of life and that is why Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, away from the work, loves spending time in the company of artist friends and people from the art & literary circles of the country.
Dr. Chowbey has always been attracted towards the enticing realm of art and painting. During his years at the Jabalpur Medical College, he would pick up a pencil and sketch pictures.
Slowly he got busier in the long hospital schedules, the sketches started diminishing but the interest in art remained deep inside. In 1977, he started his own collection of paintings, the first one being a watercolor paperwork. This was just the beginning of a long association with art and painting.
In 1982, his marriage to Susmita, an artist, opened up various avenues into the realms of paintings and knowledge about artists of the era. His collection of artworks by young and established artists grew considerably. His collection of art has work of Masters such as M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, Ram Kumar, A Ramachandran, Satish Gujral, Gopi Gajwani, Himmat Shah, Meera Mukherjee.
He also has a great collection from the next generation of artists such as Manish Pushkale, Sidharth, Kishor Shinde, Neeraj Goswami, Niladri Paul and S Harshavardhan.
Though constrain of time limits the number of occasions Dr. Pradeep Chowbey spares for his Passion for Art. But whatever time he can make out, it is like entering into a whole new sphere of his life, where medicine metamorphoses into art soothing his senses and revitalizing him to keep on achieving new milestones in the field of Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery, Minimal Access Surgery and general surgery.
Dr. Pradeep Chowbey has come a long way from being a student of medicine and surgery to become the best Bariatric surgeon and Minimal Access Surgery expert. Throughout his arduous journey he drew inspirations and strength to keep on moving ahead from several great personalities. Amongst many of his inspirations, Dr. Chowbey finds the following quotes by His Holiness Dalai Lama and Mahatma Gandhi most inspiring.
His Holiness Dalai Lama
"World Heaviest Boy loses 67kgs of weight after Bariatric Surgery" Mihir, this young 14 year old boy has a will power that will move you! A truly motivational story of Mihir and his family. They have struggled with his weight since he was just 5. And finally after much pre operative hard work from the team and his family, we could operate.
"Weight loss story of a couple struggling with Obesity" A couple struggling with serious health issues because of obesity share their story!
Let me congratulate you on the honour 'Padma Shri' bestowed on you by the govt. This is not only the honour to you but also the Ganga Ram hospital.