Deepti Agrawal Mittal has been painting ever since she was seven. What started as a hobby for this gold medalist in MBA finance, has today become a full fledged career.
She was in the city for a day to hold a workshop in Modern Madhubani on December 21 at MTR Indiranagar.
Earlier, while she was working in Bangalore, Deepti was a consultant in a firm for two years. She took a four-month break before she got married in 2010. And what did she do during that time? Yes! Paint.
“The warm hues of reds and amber drew me to Madhubani as a child. Another reason I am partial to this form of art is because it depicts mythological saga, something that I have always had a fascination for," she adds.
For the first 18 years that she was painting, fabrics were her canvas. “I used to love painting bedsheets, table clothes and dress materials. But I think I over did it," expresses the 28-year-old who now lives in Boston with her husband.
“He has been my rock of Gibraltar. I couldn't have done any of what I have, without him," she expresses.
So what exactly has she done? She has held quite a few exhibitions and has also been featured in an online art magazine in the States.
Considering her art has spiritual overtones, it has found many patrons in hospitals like the Norris Cotton Cancer Centre in Nashua and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Centre in New Hampshire.
She also exhibited her work recently at Art and Frame Emporium in Marlborough.
She explains that her art created such a buzz there that people began asking her for tutorials and if she did custom made products. Incidentally, you think of a surface and she paints on it. From shoes to boxes, photo frames to cutlery and more.
“I have attempted to introduce the third generation to this art by finding a place for it on accessories such as ear-rings, jewellery-boxes, candles, key-hangers, fridge-magnets, etc. which is totally a new dimension to this age-old elegant art-form," she states.