By Owais Gurkoo | Srinagar, Kashmir
“Art is not something that is commercial. It is in the heart, and you have to hold it close. Art requires painting your feelings and it is for the love of the heart,” believes an artist, Rouble Nagi. Nagi is a renowned Mumbai based artist born in the Jammu division of Indian-Controlled Jammu and Kashmir. She has a deep interest in the arts since her childhood and has pursued her interest through her education. After completing graduation, Nagi did her Masters in Fine Arts from London.
Nagi feels that an artist is an inherent piece of art that ceaselessly experiments. He/she has a desire for inventing, searching and is a daring, self-expressive creature. As such, each artwork speaks for itself and every artist feels immense pleasure in the work, not outside it.
Life inspires Nagi’s art and she herself experiments various themes. In fact, she has so far worked on over 800 different themes for her artwork. She likes to portray her art through various mediums such as murals, and glass, stain glass, glass mosaics, ceramics, cold ceramics, metals etc. “I like taking on challenging projects,” says Rouble Nagi. Nagi thinks that change is a constant phenomenon, so it is difficult for an artist to term his work.
Among her art works she likes her “Save the children” mosaic most which was also loved by people belonging to all walks of life. Having exhibited her work on both a solo and joint basis, Nagi has also exhibited her art in Dubai and many Indian cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, and Lucknow. She has a deep desire to exhibit her art here in her home land as well.
While talking about the scope of Indian art, Nagi claims that it is a booming trade around the world. There are thousands of art colleges to train budding artists, which enable them to present varied themes and messages in a better way. She herself runs an art foundation called Rouble Nagi Art Foundation in which more than 2200 children are trained to learn different aspects of art. These children mostly belong to the slum areas and are brought into this organisation through various NGOs such as Pratham, etc. While discussing the place of art in the areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Nagi regrets that she does not fully know the status of art here but would definitely love to see more artists flourish from Jammu and Kashmir.