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‘Mandala artwork is like therapy for me,’ says this art prodigy

Shweta, a student with AIMETC, speaks about how art came in her life during the lockdown phase



Shweta is a management student in 4th semester at Apeejay Institute of Management and Engineering Technical Campus (AIMETC), Jalandhar. One can see her applying her MBA knowledge practically, as she takes out the time to pursue her passion: Art. If taken a look at her Ganesh Mandala artwork and one would be amazed to see the finesse of her hand. In this week’s Aspiring Artist interview, Shweta takes readers through her artistic mind and explains how she approaches a work. Read edited excerpts: 

When did art come into your life?

I started drawing at an early age, but I adopted art as a hobby during the Covid-19 pandemic. I had plenty of time to draw whatever I wanted to. So, that helped me get started.

What is art for you?

I think art is something which is created or made out of someone’s imagination or vision. It can be about anything present nearby and it’s one of the best ways to express one’s feelings. 

Which art form is your favourite and why?

My favourite art form is Mandala because it focuses on prayers and healings. It also acts as a form of art therapy for both children as well as adults.

The Ganesh art work was exquisite. How did  you go about it?

Well, the Ganesh artwork is a symbol of spiritual guidance and so it was created out of positive vibes and happiness. It is another design in Mandala art and is very special to me.

That sounds lovely! AIMETC must have supported you a lot as an artist?

AIMETC supports me as an artist by providing me with a significant platform to showcase my talent. The institute gives me an opportunity to present my feelings in the form of my artwork.

How do you begin an artwork? What is your go-to approach?

Well it depends upon what type of art I’m working on. For the Ganesh Mandala artwork, it took me roughly 2 -3 days. The approach varies from one artwork to another.

Upcoming artworks?

More sketches and paintings. 

A new art form you wish to learn?

I would love to learn abstract art as it’s unique and looks pretty amazing.

Lastly, some other hobbies you like?

Well, I love to write and dance. I frequently listen to music and love spending my free time with my dog.

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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