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Women of Substance: A mother who realised her dreams with daughter’s support

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Indore: Dreams don’t become reality unless one fights for them. Meet 38-year-old assistant professor Dr Anu Ukande who finally chose the path to realise her dreams. The journey to success was not easy for Anu who was born and brought up in Indore. Being an introvert, she spent most of her leisure time in painting, sketching and writing.

“I always expressed myself through paintings, writing poems and diary,” Anu said. She dreamt of becoming an artist since childhood. But her parents did not see a future for her as an artist. On parents’ insistence, she studied literature instead of art.

“After completing graduation, I chose to study advertising as it involved art in some way,” Anu told Free Press. Soon after completing education, she got married. “After marriage, I gave birth to daughter (Manya) and got busy in raising her but my little angel transformed me and changed my life,” Anu said. Manya urged her mother to follow her dreams.


“Manya cared and worried about me since her childhood,” Anu said. In 2009, the family was living in Chandigarh when she came to known about a sponsored solo exhibition. She applied and got selected to exhibit her work. “I continued to exhibit my work since then. Eventually, I decided to study art as I had wished,” Anu said. While her husband was posted in Kolkata, she obtained diploma in applied arts from academy of fine arts there.

“Then, I made a hard choice when I chose to do masters in fine arts from Vikram University, Ujjain,” Anu said. Her daughter supported and motivated her to complete education. “I have always been drawn to Indore, so after clearing National Eligibility Test, my daughter and I moved to Indore in 2011,” Anu said. Eventually, she completed PhD in fine arts and became assistant professor at Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya in Management Institute.