Indore: Rangoli, drawing honed Ruchi Agrawal’s painting skills

Indore: Coming from a business-oriented family, 43-year-old artist Ruchi Agrawal found her way into arts after repeated efforts and support from husband (Pankaj). Her exhibition of paintings inspired by Lord Krishna is on display at Indore airport gallery. The exhibition, which started from May 1, will end on May 15.

Interacting with Free Press during the exhibition, Ruchi said she is not a born artist but “always preferred drawing books over notebooks.” Her interest towards arts grew as she learned to make rangoli during Diwali. “I felt drawn towards Lord Krishna’s forms, so all my paintings use some or the other feature from his figure as an inspiration,” Ruchi said. She never painted a complete figure of Lord Krishna.

Talking about the twist in her life, Ruchi said, “After graduating in commerce with diploma in textile designing, I got married like most girls.”  But that did not deter her to follow her interest. She conducted drawing classes at home. Managing household responsibilities in a joint family barely left her any time to do anything more. “But by 2008 my son grew up and I finally had time for myself,” Ruchi said.

Taking advantage and considering possibility of career as an educator, she did her masters in fine arts. “I enjoyed learning more about art and my husband gave me a platform to grow as an artist following my education,” Ruchi said.

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