The past year will always be a year to remember for perhaps the rest of our lives. 2020 was too real to be true and it felt like we were mere characters in a film about an Apocalyptic world.
It wasn’t easy for many and the world worked differently with some of us making peace with the confines of our homes. Domestic roles changed, sleeping patterns were topsy-turvy and everyone suddenly was a self-proclaimed MasterChef. The pandemic year was eye-opening for so many of us, one of them being for Tashifa Sulthana as well who discovered an unexplored skill within the four walls of her home.
As part of the Clean Air Initiative, Church Street in Bangalore has been one of the first streets to close its path to vehicles from December 5th 2020 to February 26th 2021 on Saturdays and Sundays. The wide cobblestoned paths are now made available for just walking while visitors can also be a part of the several other activities that the street is hosting. As we walked through those streets, we stumbled upon a cozy stall that displayed several vibrant paintings.
The owner Tashifa Sulthana was indeed elated when the country announced a nation-wide lockdown. Her job as a Human Resource executive in the hotel industry kept her busy since 2012 and she saw this pandemic as a great way to devote her time to her family as well as for herself.
“I saw it as an opportunity to bond with my family and pets back home in Coorg. But after a couple of weeks into the lockdown, the company took a difficult decision to lay off a few employees as the hotel industry wasn’t thriving. I was given the task to break this news to each employee and that broke me a little,” she confides.
This sombre period led her to pick up a pencil and sketch. Tashifa had never sketched before and neither did this thought ever occur to her. “I remember sharing my sketches with a few friends and they thought I was joking. They found it hard to believe that I could sketch and paint well and that’s where I got the motivation from,” she recalls.
As we spoke to Tashifa, we were left flabbergasted with her story and artworks. Artworks that displayed sheer artistry and precision was an effort pulled by a person who stayed cooped up in her home to only realize that she had an undiscovered skill all along. We fell in love with this.
Tashifa Sulthana is now on One Page Spotlight and she’s ecstatic to have found a platform that is solely for artists. “I’m glad we have platforms like this for creative people who have a chance to display their creativity with a larger audience . It was much needed and it feels like artists now have a voice.”
Follow her here to stay updated with her works.