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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Malkangiri/Koraput: Two diamonds in the rough from the southern-most parts of Odisha have created a niche for themselves in painting. While one budding artist in Malkangiri excels in canvas painting, another promising designer plays with terracotta painting like a seasoned soccer player plays with the football.

A dusky beauty Reba Biswas, an engineer and a native of MV village under Kalimela block of Malkangiri takes her intrinsic brush strokes on the canvas to an entirely different level.

[caption id="attachment_501557" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Reba Biswas With Her Paintings[/caption]

As a successful painter once said, “Go after your painting with the enthusiasm as much as a dog gnawing a bone," Reba seldom holds back when she takes up crayons. When her imaginations take flight, they usually take refuge on the canvas as masterpieces making the onlookers gaffe with awe. She comes in front of the canvas because she wants to paint. So she was happy about it.

[caption id="attachment_501558" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Reba Biswas' Painting On Canvas[/caption]

Coming from a humble middle-class family Reba's parents dreamt of raising her as an engineer, and she did not disappoint them either, but the hopelessly romantic painter got her wings and completed her metamorphosis only during the COVID19 induced lockdown. Without a professional degree in art, she tried her hands in painting using tips from YouTube and voila, a painter was born.

From celebrities to eminent personalities, Reba can put minute details of anybody's facial expression on the canvas. Most importantly, she does not restrict herself to the canvas only, rather she loves to paint on walls and any object she can find to put her crayons and brushes on.

Ruing that Malkangiri does not provide such kind of training to budding artists like her, Reba said, "Though I always had a weakness for painting, I never really got any scope or opportunity for serious painting. But while the nationwide lockdown kept all of us indoors, I utilised my time by learning tips and tricks of the trade."

[caption id="attachment_501560" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Shivani Priyadarshini Putting Colour To Her Terracotta Creations[/caption]

Reba is not the only one, in fact, there are many hidden talents who have the potential to make accomplished artists run for their money if they are provided with a perfect launchpad. One such artist is Shivani Priyadarshini from Koraput who puts soul into the lifeless pieces of terracotta creations.

Unlike Reba, Shivani however, is a trained artist. She sends her designs to Jhariguda and Limkar potters in the city who in turn send the terracotta pieces back to Sivani. After getting finished pieces from the potters she finally begins to do wonders to the terracotta items. Her brush strokes not only make those items attractive, according to the people who know her, but she also infuses life into the terracotta pieces.

[caption id="attachment_501561" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Shivani Priyadarshini's Terracotta Home Decors Are A Real Hit Among Users[/caption]

"Home decor, garden decor, wall decor, I design everything as per the customer's order. While Terracotta designing is my business, painting is my hobby," said Shivani, while describing her interests.

From designer lanterns to a flower vase, Shivani's Midas touch indeed has made terracotta painting popular in Odisha.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)


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