Umaisar Gull Ganie
Anantnag, Mar 08: As the world observed International Women’s Day on Monday, a self-taught artist from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district has got entry in both Asia book of records and India book of records for maximum number of paintings on Chinar leaves.
Tabish Aijaz Khan (23), a resident of IqbalAbad area of Anantnag town who is pursuing MBBS in Bangladesh has been painting on stones and waste material.
While talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Tabish said that she has been passionate about art work since her childhood and started making paintings when she was in primary class.
She added that the feature in Asia and India book of records is recognition of “your which gives you more courage to work more on your art work.”
“During 2016 unrest I got more time to spend with the art work which I later shared on social media platforms that evoked a very positive response and painting became my passion,” she said, adding that, during Covid lockdown, “I made over 250 paintings.”
“I paint on canvas sheet, paper but I also paint on waste material like chinar leaves, wooden blocks, broken cup, plate eggshells, and stones. As I believe that nothing is useless, it is the way you see the object. When those useless things are painted, it is turned into a beautiful art piece,” Tabish said.
She got featured in Asia and India book records for maximum number of Chinar leaf paintings. “Whenever I feel stressed, painting acts as a stress buster for me,” Tabish said.
She said her parents have been very supportive and painting never affected her studies.
“Wherever I will reach in my life I will continue my art work,” she said.
Tabish says that Kashmiri youth have a lot of talent and only need the right exposure after which they will excel in every field.
“My message to every person of Jammu and Kashmir will be to work hard in whatever field you are as hard work never goes waste,” she said—(KNO)