Samyukta Hornad is best known for her acting prowess, especially Aa Dinagalu — but the 24-year-old is fast proving how she’s more than just a pretty face. After selling her doodles, and raising up to Rs 53,000 for CRY early this year; this zesty hudugi from namma city is all set to raise funds for PETA, for one of its upcoming campaigns to promote and foster sterlisation of stray animals. In a candid tete-a-tete, she tells us more...
“I’ve always been a visual person from the time I can remember. Back in school, when I had to register important concepts in mind, I would doodle them instead of making pointers — because that’s how I am wired! In fact, I emote through doodle.
Whenever I’m happy or sad or even feel groggy, I end up doodling that as well. It is a part of my persona, which I’ve begun to celebrate more freely,” shares the actress, who recently held an exhibit of doodles at the Ruh’s Cafe (at BTM Layout) on September 11.
She recalls, “This was my first-ever exhibit. Though I’ve been sketching all my life, I never knew it would grow to this level. The biggest takeaway is to see how people are actually coming forward to encourage and buy from upcoming artistes. There’s hope for art.”
Lucky, for this photography enthusiast and Mass Communication graduate, her doodles attracted the right audiences, she made them available for public viewership on her official Insta account too. Samyukta, recently sold two of her doodles to a customer overseas through just a mere Instagram conversation.
The alumnus of Christ University reveals, “So I have a page now, with precisely a million and 20,000 followers. However, on the page, I haven’t really promoted my works as a heroine doing something else. So, a sizable people on my followers list are people from across the globe, who appreciate abstract art. Interestingly, a California-based Indian came across my work and felt that there was some sort of a stellar energy associated with it. He knew I wasn’t big, and yet was generous as a buyer.”
Interestingly, besides juggling a rising doodle venture with her upcoming projects, Samyukta, who’s currently working on Maarikondavaru, adds, “I’m a true travel junkie! I absolutely love travelling solo. And while I’m exploring places, I don’t forget to document everything that catches my eye through my doodles. Photography and spending time with animals is what truly keeps me happy also.”
Considering how Samyukta has things going steady for her on the film front, she says she strikes a balance, “To be honest, cinema and doodling are two things I absolutely love. I hail from a family that has encouraged all forms of art. And since, I’m truly passionate about it, I don’t mind doing it all day and even squeezing time to fit all of it,” she pipes.