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Jamshedpur’s Prachi Adeshra: The artist who follows her heart

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Former XLRI student enthralls art lovers with aesthetically pleasing paintings

Jamshedpur, May 9: The piece of artwork created by young artist of Jamshedpur Prachi Adeshra stays with you long even after they are out of your sight. On a huge canvas, paintings of Hindu Gods and Goddess draw attention along with subjects ranging from environment to rural life.

Growing up in a family of jewellers’, Prachi had her professional life charted out. After she studied Gemology at Gemological Institute of America, India, she joined her family business in jewellery manufacturing.

“I had worked for about some months and I enjoyed the work, but deep down, it felt like something was lacking, something was amiss,” said Prachi, who also studied Entrepreneurship at B-school XLRI.

Though she worked as a sales and purchase executive in her jewellery store, she decided to explore outside the business and turned to her hobby of painting, which paved the way to become an artist.

“I started painting at a very young age, I drew on all the walls of the house. It wasn’t long before I found myself watching tutorials on the internet. That’s when it struck me that it’s not just a hobby anymore but it’s what liberates me. Makes me whole. Initially, I painted with acrylics but once I started dabbing my hands with oil paints, there was no going back. It taught me not only to trust my gut but also immense patience.  It’s challenging and satisfying. I started experimenting with painting jewellery for my customers at work as well,” said Prachi, with a twinkle in her eye.

She said that as she started her journey it boosted her confidence.  “I started painting once a week as a hobby. But being connected to the canvas and the colours made me realise that this is where I was myself,” the artist says, adding that the journey from it being a hobby to a profession was a ‘soulful’ one.

Speaking on the theme that rules her art, she says, “My paintings are vibrant, depicting happiness because the intention was to spread joy, the flow of life, and positivity through my art.”

Interestingly, Prachi draws inspiration for most of her artwork from meditation, which teaches her to focus on inner goodness and messages. “I meditate on the universe to give me guidance and messages,” she says. 

Walking the untravelled road, Prachi has earned measurable success and has fulfilled her goal to deliver happiness – the intent that led her to pursue it.  The road was not one without challenges. “People don’t take you seriously, they are sceptical of you as an artist and sceptical of picking up your pieces. I am lucky to have huge support in my family that keeps me moving,” noted the young talent.

Prachi, whose favourite painter is Bob Ross, also plans to organise a solo exhibition of her art soon.

“When I paint, it gives me peace to know that whichever turn life takes, this form of art will always stick with me,” she signed off.

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