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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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Gunjan and her Black Magic

Hailing from the City of Joy, Gunjan Daga is a well-known charcoal artist who infuses her heart and soul into the work she creates which is sure to enthrall your senses and mesmerize your artistic spirit. She treats her art like a temple, and her conviction is shown all the way through her heart splintered across the canvas. Gunjan is into realistic and sketches and portraits because she believes it helps people to connect with her art. "It is a challenge for me when I attempt a realistic sketch. It helps me improve my observation skills" adds Ms. Daga Being a commerce graduate, she had no idea that she would someday start her journey as an artist. Since she was always into...

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The Queen of the Skies - A Tribute to Neerja Bhanot

Not only did she battle the demons of terrorism at her work, but she also fought the demons of toxic patriarchy at her home. She has been awarded many gallantry awards, including the Ashok Chakra, but no piece of silverware could ever encapsulate the bravery and love she had inside her.She was Neerja Bhanot. Her life is a great inspiration to all of us and is an example of what we are capable of doing when backed into a corner. The scientists say that such people have an “Adrenaline Rush.” I prefer to say that they are ‘bravehearts.’ Neerja had a good life until the point she got married, but then it took a real sour turn for her. After...

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