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‘When there is pain, people pick gun or a pen, I choose brush’: Meet Shafiya Shafi

An award winning calligrapher, painter

Sameer Showkin Lone

Srinagar | April 08: Conflict is a major driving force for me to paint- the art which she once hated during her school days. Now in her mid 20’s Shafiya Shafi is an award winning calligrapher, painter and what not.

“When people are in intolerable pain, they either pick a gun or a pen! I choose brush”, says Shafi, who has won a number of awards for her work.

Artwork of Shafiya: Pic | News Despatch

Recently brought laurels to the State at the 33rd National Youth Festival held by Association of Indian Universities at Ranchi where she won the 1st Prize in Installation.

Shafiya Shafi, (24) is a Kashmiri artist from Lal-Bazar area of Downtown Srinagar.

She is presently pursuing Masters in Psychology from University of Kashmir.

“I started painting when I was in school. But back then I hated drawing classes like anything,” she said.

After her school life, things changed and she became quite fond of painting and started to draw sketches. As she grew up art became her way of expression.

Artwork of Shafiya: Pic | News Despatch

She chooses her brush to speak and pen to depict the realities around.  The pain, feeling and emotions in her work have taken her to different milestones in her work.

Having participated in several competitions at the college and university level, she secured second position in her college for poster making for Digital India Campaign. That was just a beginning. Later, she got 4th position in South Festival 2017 in collage making.

She stood 3rd in calligraphy competition called “Payaam-e-Ramadhan” at University of Kashmir. Shafiya stood 1st in collage making at “Youth building peace” an initiative organized by University of Kashmir.

An art competition was held at Nigeen club on the theme “Kashmir- heritage to be preserved” where she got 2nd position.

Artwork of Shafiya: Pic | News Despatch

At a recent festival at University of Kashmir Sonzal, Shafiya topped in collage making and stood at number four in clay modeling. She was selected for “North Fest India” held at Mahareshi Markanndeswar University, Ambala Haryana where she got 2nd position in installation and qualified for the nationals.

She represented state at National level in installation at 33rd National youth Festival held by association of Indian Universities at Ranchi and won 1st prize in installation.

Shafiya’s inspiration as an art lover is deep rooted in conflicts, sufferings of people and what she goes through in her life.

“Conflict is the major driving force for me to paint. By conflict it does not mean just the conflict surrounding people but the conflicts that a person hides in him/her every now and then, the conflicts that surround you every moment,” she told News Despatch.

About Desk Editor

Thanks to all those who said 'no' to me, it is because of them I did it myself. Sameer Showkin Lone is a Founder/ Editor of News Despatch (www.newsdespatch.com). He reports on Defence and Security, Politics, Human Rights, Health and Environment.

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