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Passionate Artist who creates magic with colours- Sarbani Bhattacharya

There is a famous quote  “Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks”-Plutarch

Entrepreneur of this month at Womenlines is such a passionate artist whose paintings are just like a silent poetry. Meet Sarbani Bhattacharya who has an amazing experience in the field of Art. Read about her entrepreneurial journey in field of art in her own words-

1.Please share with our readers’ little bit about yourself

I am an artist and private art instructor based in Singapore for more than a decade, exhibited Internationally. Completing my Bachelor of Visual Arts with a scholarship at Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata, I shifted to Singapore and started my journey.

Nature, Human relations and the mystical function of life on earth always inspired me. I was born and brought up in Durgapur, a city in West Bengal amidst vivid nature; my love for nature and trees started from there and has the biggest influence in my paintings. I come from a family of spiritual belief; my grandfather even wrote books on the mysticism of this universe, that influence also worked. For me, it is experiencing the awe of the Universe then converting the cosmic elements into visual elements.

An award on Mother and Child from Gnani Arts in 2006, triggered my instinct to explore more on the descendant of human life on earth. So far I have done two solo exhibitions with Gnani Arts and Utterly Art ,and numerous group exhibitions in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, Philippines and Dubai, which includes international exhibitions like the Affordable Art Fair (HK, Singapore) Art Expo Malaysia, India Art Festival, Art Fair Dubai, and Art Apart Singapore.

Apart from exhibitions, my art-educational workshops with few schools, NLB, and other private corporate organizations for kids and adults gained popularity. ‘Mother and child’, ‘Importance of re-cycling’, ‘We are the World’ ( Kids are the future), ‘Singapore’s Islamic architecture’ etc and projects for adults on serving society and humanity like ‘Each leaf counts’, ‘Tree of life’, ‘Art from scribble’, ‘Painting Music’, ‘Blooming Instinct’, ‘From Despair to Hope’ etc to name a few.Serving community through my art is another passion for me. The proceeds of my paintings sale contributed to Himanaapa Foundation, Thailand for forestation.Participated in a fundraising exhibition and contributed to the education of unprivileged children to Protsahan, India. Held 3 days live sketching at ITB Asia, for Blue Yonder and donated the paintings for preserving a rice variety and to help farmers.During my last solo exhibition in 2015, happy to contribute $1500 to Nature Society Singapore by selling a painting “In harmony with Nature-2”.

  1. So when did you venture into this venture and what inspired or motivated you to take a plunge into this venture?

    I was pursuing my B.sc when the change started, I started feeling a strange meaninglessness attaining my degree, some other form of expression suppressed inside me wanted to erupt. I decided to go for a Visual Arts degree, which was to add on 5 years more after completing my B.sc. There was a big struggle to convince my parents, they were very traditional. My private art teacher and the then art college head Parthapratim Deb convinced them, thus my journey started.

After attaining the degree, to start on my own here in Singapore was the next hurdle. I have to thank my friend Neena to force me to visit an art exhibition in Suntec in 2002, where I met Ketna Patel and another helping soul Geraldine Shubert, who motivated me to start my adventure here.

  1. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced during your initial days?

Challenges stay at any stage in some or the other form. Truly speaking the biggest challenge for me was marketing for my art. For any full-time artist, promoting oneself while continue making art is always the toughest job. Promoting only is a full-time job, which disturbs the passion for doing art. Another challenge was space, have faced and still facing major difficulties regarding space, here in Singapore space is very expensive.I must tell I worked slowly. I registered Sarbanisart to conduct art classes and to run my conceptual workshops, but as an artist, I wanted to work with the very traditional way with galleries only. I believed in originality of ideas and honest representation, never advertised commercially about Sarbanisart, just maintaining a Facebook page for few years.

By God’s grace never run out of ideas.

People know me through galleries through my buyers, friends and students’ feedback and then eventually through media. Few students who are placed in universities, or doing job come back to join holiday classes, that is very rewarding.

  1. So how do you balance your personal and professional life?

Surely it was the most challenging part of my journey.

I always worked from home, so that I can give enough time to family. I saw my mother as a homemaker, for this I used to compare my every step with my mother and used to feel guilty for not doing enough for my family. On the other hand, I used to feel torn apart for not giving my 100% to my art. Though my husband, in-laws family were supportive still my own parameter of perfection kept me unsatisfied. To solve this, meditation helped. Upon my father’s suggestion, I did a yoga and meditation course from Art of Living, which totally changed my view to look at life. It brought the much-needed balance. I matched my working hours with my husband’s and daughter’s working hours and made myself free when they are free. I work slowly when required, but never stop. ‘Never stop’ this is my only motto, ‘achieve more’ this is not. When you are at peace anyway you achieve more and the struggle for achieving more fades away. With this fine balance, I am able to continue my profession as well as my passion for community service, performance arts etc.

  1. What would you suggest to other aspiring women who want to venture out on their own?

If they are thinking they wish to start something, ‘NOW’ is the time, and if not now then surely soonest someday, they should just believe in themselves and the power working behind them. Not to set a lot of expectations, but not to stop dreaming, never compare with other contemporary’s success, each one’s journey is different. I have worked with a lot of limitations, with bare minimum recourses, but I have kept my dreams alive.

6. Is there any person who has mentored/supported/inspired you?

Off course; then I have to mention a lot of names and it can fill a huge book. I am thankful to my childhood art teacher, art college teachers; friends in different phases of life, my family members….a lot of people knowingly or unknowingly inspired me. Now I accumulate inspiring moments from regular incidents.

7. What do you have in the pipeline for your venture’s future development?

It will feel a bit unrealistic to say, but I do not plan that way now, I give my 100% to manage my current situation, and believe that time has its own plan to bring the best out of me if I allow it. But that doesn’t mean that I do not dream or believe in it. I trust to continue serving community through my art, wish to spread my art-exhibit internationally to the countries I have not exhibited yet; want to do something with the healing power of art; want to explore more talents while working with my students; dream to try out larger works of different mediums, including architectural art items and sculptures.

Earlier when I used to set goals, I used to feel extremely restless for any delay or deviation of it. Now the new course of action has made me more productive. Currently working for my next group exhibition with Gnani Arts, ‘Spaces of Sanctity, Sacred Monuments of Singapore in Fine Arts,’ starting from 30 September 2017. Looking forward to a successful show!

Women Lines wishes best of luck to Sarbani for her journey in fields of art.

Visitwww.facebook.com/Sarbanisart to have a look at her paintings collection.

http://www.theblueyonder.com/newsletter/nov2009/mystrok.htm

http://www.anza.org.sg/blogpost/962985/189413/Protsahan-Singapore-Encouraging-a-better-future-for-women

http://theblueyonder.com/destination/india/kerala/

http://www.clay-street.com/thefloweringofachild/

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

Positivity Movement!

Social Media is a craze in today’s times!   download

Certainly, there are both positive and negative repercussions as of excessive indulgence in use of social media by users. I am getting overwhelmed by the wave of positive messages sharing on various social media platforms. Either in form of quotations or stories, whole social media is filled with groups, pages, websites and a lot more which talk about the importance of being positive in life.

It is a beautiful life, which we normally tend to forget to live fully by surrounding ourselves with all negative emotions of frustration, depression, getting disheartened, and so many other negative emotions. In such scenario, all this social media sharing really helps people to fight with their negativities and live a positive life. Especially for old age group, social media is really a channel to keep themselves connected and read what they like. Life is busy for everybody and then such sharings on facebook, whats app or other social media only help us to stay connected and help each other to be positive always. Instead of getting influenced by negative  side of social media craze let’s just focus on positive reading and sharing which can help us to excel in life.

It is time to carry out this positivity movement on a larger scale and share so much positivity around so that nobody is sad and living their life fully by living in present. So keep on sharing positive stories friends and be a part of this movement!!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

New Year Reflections!

Happy New Year to my lovely blog readers!

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As the new year starts and before mind starts focusing on goals and resolutions I want to reflect a little on the year which has passed and which has carried with it so many learning, sweet memories, laughter, joys, emotions and much more.I am full of so much gratitude to so many things throughout year which has helped me to grow as better person –

1. I am thankful to youtube for sharing such amazing contents on its channel, which has really helped me to gain great knowledge about so many topics, from finding my favorite recipe to teach my kid potty training:). Believe me, friends, you can find solution of any problem live on youtube and this certainly can help you to improve upon yourself in all ways:)

2. I am grateful to platform TED talks which is a free platform for knowledge sharing.There is a tremendous amount of learning from experts on different topics ranging from science, technology, motivation and many other subjects. Entrepreneurs can gain so much knowledge by listening to various topics on TED, which really opens up mind and benefits in taking the right action.

3. I am grateful to influencers on Linkedin for sharing their knowledge on topics related to various professions. I will strongly recommend women who are working from home to follow influencers of their work field. As, when we work from home we have to strive to keep grooming yourself, which is quite challenging when you work alone.

4. I am grateful to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp which has given amazing communication and content sharing approaches. This is helping in building up strong personal relationships and creating awareness about whats happening in the world.

The entrepreneurial journey is all about mindfulness friends and mindful use of such platforms can really help in making this journey full of excitement and amazing learning. With proper focus, any woman can achieve whatever she wants. Start loving yourself and your time and you will take proper care of everybody, trust me:)!

 

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

8 mindset changing takeaway thoughts for every women from ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg

Recently I got a chance to read book ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. Thoughts shared in the book by Sheryl are so powerful that still resonating in my mind and I felt the urge to share them with my blog readers. I am sure these mindset changing thoughts will definitely help in motivating women (working or non-working) to excel in life-   download

1) “A truly equal world will be one where a woman ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”

Men are continually applauded for being ambitious, powerful and successful but women who display same traits often pay a social penalty,  we need more portrayals of women as competent professionals and happy mothers many women feel like fraudulent when praised. Instead of feeling worthy of recognition, they feel undeserving and guilty, as if a mistake has been made   Ariana Huffington advice we should let ourselves react emotionally and feel whatever anger or sadness being criticized evokes us. And then we should quickly move on”.-Embrace your success proudly and let go your frustrations easily

2)We need more portrayals of women as competent professionals and happy mothers, Fear is the root of so many barriers that many women face, Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention, Fear of   overreaching, Fear of being judged.”-It is our responsibility, as a woman to be fearless, to come out of our insecurities and to give our best in our professional and home front.

3) “Ask a man to explain his success and he will typically credit his own innate qualities and skills. Ask a woman the same question she will attribute her success to external factors insisting she did well because she got lucky or got help.” –Start taking responsibility of your achievements and proudly give yourself credit for it.

4) “Instead of perfection, we should aim for sustainable and fulfilling. The right question is not “Can I do it all? But “Can I do what’s most important to my family?’’ The aim is to have children who are happy and thriving… The secret is there is no secret-just doing the best you can with what you have got”- Give your best to your present moment of your priorities. Have faith in yourself and things will definitely fall in pace

5) “Guilt management can be just as important as time management for women.”-I think every woman can relate to this statement and remember how many times in her life she has wasted her energy and time in managing her guilt of not able to take care of various things properly. Therefore guilt management has to be done mindfully so that women can focus on their growth by learning from their mistakes.

6) “Until women have supportive employers and colleagues as well as partners who share family responsibilities they don’t have a real choice. And until men are fully respected for contributing inside the home they don’t have a real choice either.”-This mutual partnership and understanding between husband and wife are strongly required for today’s generation. It is definitely not easy to change the mindset fast but yes it is responsibility on mothers of today’s generation to raise their boy and girl with the same mindset.

7) “   True equality will be achieved only when we fight the stereotypes that hold us back. The goal is to work towards a world where those social norms no longer exist. If more children see their fathers at school pick-ups and mothers who are busy at jobs, both girls and boys will envision more options for them. Expectations will not be set by gender but by personal passion, talents, and interests.”-This is golden saying as very well Sheryl has emphasized on the importance of changing the mindsets of both men and women for equal growth. Stop setting expectations by gender.

 

8) “I have written this book to encourage women to dream big, forge a path through the obstacles, and achieve their full potential. I am hoping that each woman will set her own goals and reach for them with gusto. And I am hoping that each man will do his part to support women in the workplace and in the home also with gusto. As we start using the talents of the entire population, our institutions will be more productive, our homes will be happier and children growing in those homes will no longer be held by narrow stereotypes.”-This is a beautiful dream and I strongly pray for this dream to come true by next generation.

I am grateful to Sheryl Sandberg for writing this book as it has given me a new vision for myself and with what mindset I will be raising my kids. Cheers to womanhood!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

Femina brings’Made by You’!

Femina, a magazine close to the heart of an Indian woman, is revolutionizing the publishing industry. The issue titled ‘Made By You’ will be compiled using stories and articles written completely by readers & fans from across the country.  ‘Made By You’, as the issue is aptly named, will unlock the power of social media to reach over 5 million women, encouraging them to submit their thoughts and express themselves.

Womenfolk lives to revolve around so many close to heart stories that can teach others a lot about various experiences in life. The sensitivity and beauty of womanhood are awesome and it helps every woman to survive in this world with her inner power and confidence. It’s a beautiful journey which every woman goes in her life starting as a daughter, then crossing various stages of sister, wife, friend, Mother, and finally grandmother. Every stage is itself a story which carries some strong message in it. Platform ‘Made By You’ created by Femina is surely a brilliant idea and thus going to help many ladies around to share their experiences.

Femina has built it’s success around its over-all connect with the progressive Indian woman in every aspect of her life.  It will feature the work of hundreds of new “journalists” and is scheduled to hit stands in April 2013. The publication will pose as a platform for real women to unveil their talent and share their stories with readers across the country. Contributors can use Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest to share their editorial ideas on a varied range of topics.

Link to an Application on Femina’s facebook page, that enables fans to submit their sample articles – http://on.fb.me/13LDVaf

Twitter-   https://twitter.com/FeminaIndia

Take the benefit of Femina’s Motto “If you’ve got a story, We’ve got the space!” and share your story with whole world!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

 

Real essence of friendship-Virtual or real time!

“I have 2000 friends on my facebook list!”, one of my friends boosted during our coffee meet. She was glowing with confidence that she is socially so well connected that she doesn’t need real-time friends and is really happy in her virtual world. “Who has time?”She reasoned out.Office, kids, husband, home, relatives, so many things to attend already in life. In such scenario virtual world of Facebook is really giving satisfaction to her  as it is satiating her desire of having lots of friends.

I am not in authority of any psychologist that I am questioning about the reliability of online friends. Initial pleasure of people getting added to my facebook list gave me a social boost and perhaps to my business but somewhere I was missing personal touch of chai sessions of my friends. I mean, how can you enjoy friendship virtually by just liking one friend’s status, or photographs or sharing about whats happening in our life. Social media sharing appeals to me as I am living in a foreign country and it gives me a feeling of being in touch with people, friends, and relatives whom I am not meeting regularly. I really admire Mark Zuckerberg creation which has made the world smaller.But he himself must be having his closed friends group with whom he must be meeting personally and not virtually:).

Friendships cannot be carried virtually. The personal touch of gossip, leg-pulling, sharings cannot be compared with online sharing of friendship. As it is said, “True friends are like jewels, precious and rare, false one are like autumn leaves found everywhere.”Don’t take your real friends for granted. Give them your time because they deserve it.At the time when you require your friends most then only real friends come to you and not your virtual friends.

Don’t let your real friends go away from you because of your virtual friends. You are a living being. Start living your life in real terms and not virtually!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!

 

Digital Media can make you compassionless!

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Straits Times reported very interesting news on April 16, “Digital Media may affect morality”!

“It’s astonishing but study results,  going to be published next week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Journals found that emotions related to our sense of morality, such as admiration and compassion, take much longer to form that our visceral reactions to pain or physical suffering.For some kinds of thoughts, especially moral decision-making about other people’s social and psychological situations, we need to allow for adequate time and reflection. USC(University of Southern California) study showed that volunteers needed six to eight seconds to fully respond to compelling, real-life stories used to induce admiration or compassion for physical or social pain, and the feelings are more prolonged.  If things are happening too fast, you may not ever fully experience emotions about the people’s psychological states and that would have implications for your morality”

Social networking sites like Orkut and Facebook, virtual games, online news, Twitter, -thanks to all these platforms we are living in a virtual world most of the time and that can be dangerous. It’s very necessary to have social experiences to have a strong moral character for individuals. The Internet is such a medium that can lead to addiction and suddenly one day you will realize that you are living in a virtual world around and this will lead to having a wrong impact on your personality. Take it as a warning, we are humans after all and need to have physical presence and interaction around. Virtually its good to be in touch with all those whom we cannot meet. But don’t get involved yourself so much start living in that world only.

Womenfolk, especially those are working should make sure that they don’t lose their precious emotions in hands of digital media. Is it happening to you that after listening to some sad story you are least bothered, or the next door neighbor’s illness hardly effects you? Maybe you are too much into your own virtual world that you are not aware of the happenings of the real world around.  Take it as a warning and come out of your virtual world.

Make sure you are not missing your tea time breaks with your dear friend for a giggle and to share each other secrets!

 

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!