Kamaljeet Ji is the youngest men in Hoshiarpur to attain the honour of being awarded a National Award and also be felicitated on the same occasion where his father Rupan Ji was awarded the Shilp Guru award. The hard came as a result of a table and chest of drawers made in inlay work by the father-son duo!
Kamaljeet ji has always been inspired to pick up the wood inlay work due to the intricacy of the motifs inlayed as well as carrying the legacy of his father and grand father onward. In the past few years, there has been many changes in the industry due to increasing mechanisation, however, Kamaljeet Ji maintains that due to the high costs associated with the procuring machines, wood inlay work would still be a handcraft driven skill. There are some processes such as the wood cutting/finishing and planing which have been mechanised and helped in reducing the drudgery of craftsperson. Most of motif cutting and filing processes are still manual as the mechanised forms require a scale in excess of 1000 pieces to become worthwhile to purchase. Lack of finances mean that the average craftsperson still depends on a bunch of manual processes to make the pieces.