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God of Small Things: Uday’s Journey from “Sangisetti” to “Microartist”

Everyone has heard this story in some form or the other – a young boy moves from his hometown to a big city, with nothing but a bag full of clothes and a heart full of dreams. He then takes on every challenge the world has to offer and comes out on top. This story is shown very frequently in movies and TV shows. However, there are people who have lived such stories in real life as well. Uday Kumar Sangisetti, who moved from Khammam to Hyderabad, also came to the city, with just the belief that the world was his oyster. What he didn’t anticipate was how big he’ll eventually get online, and the fact that he’ll get a...

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A Bubbly Artist Who Yells Yellow - Story of Divya Thallap

At the age of 15, Divya Thallap, an army brat moved to Bangalore and started her journey with art. And for the next 15 years, she played around with a lot of mediums before settling with decoupage. Divya says "it's the most popular DIY craft. Easy, clean, quick and green" (it helps us transform stuff that is just lying around the house). After many corporate gigs, she established her brand "yelling yellow" 5 years ago. She prides on selling a story not just an art form! She uploads tutorials on YouTube and also designs for brands like PaperCraft. She wants to spread the art as it is really close to her heart as well. And she does these through workshops...

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Crossing the stream: Sadhika's Journey from Commerce to Calligraphy

For some people, art is something that they are born with. It is almost as if they are destined to become an artist one day. And for some of those people, it eventually becomes a reality. They get to follow their passion throughout their lives, and such people never wanted to do anything else. However, there are people that run into art, that find it hidden somewhere in their lives. Art slowly seeps into their lives, and before they know, they are sitting with a brush and a paper instead of going to work. Sadhika Gupta falls into the second category. Her best-known skill is her calligraphy and drawing mandala art. She also teaches other people this, traveling to different...

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Art Comes Calling: How Keshav lost his art, and found it back

People usually think of artists as very serious people, who work day and night to create masterpieces, and have no time for anything else. This guy is definitely not one of those artists. This is the story of Keshav Rathnavel, a boy who wants his art to tell stories, who gets really into the project he is doing and then starts forgetting stuff and getting existential crises in the middle of his work. Like many other kids growing up in the 90s, Keshav was in love with the old school cartoons – Swat Kats, Dexter’s Laboratory, and so on. He was just 5 when he first decided to draw, to try to imitate what was on the screen and put...

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The Brush is mightier than the Pen: A story of Fathima Hakkim

Her paintings tell the horrifying stories about a young girl, who was molested by her own uncle at an innocent age, and the plight of women, who have to get through the day fighting the perverted gazes that follow them everywhere they go. Her pictures are a testament to the fact that a picture indeed does say a thousand words. Her paintings and the words they say have reached thousands of people already, and will surely travel further, thanks to the undying love for colors she has.   Fathima Hakkim is a name many patrons of visual arts will be familiar with, and the legacy she has built stands tall only because she never gave up in her fight. From...

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