he is an Information Technology expert having a postgraduate degree in the science but she has mastered the art of sketching her imagination with a pencil in her hand.
Nayeema Jan, a 22-year old IT graduate from Brar village of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district developed an interest in pencil sketching while she worked on different computer programming projects.
Though there is no apparent connection between the art and studying computer language and programming, she, during her studies, developed an interest in the former.Nayeema says while working on different computer programmes, she would keep making random sketches on papers while waiting for her programme to upload and run just to kill the time. “For running a programme, it takes time to upload and run on a system. During that period, I would initially make random sketches on paper just for fun,” she told KDC, adding that with every passing day, this odd exercise turned out to be her passion.
“The lines I drew with my pencil on paper turned more interesting with every passing day and sketches grew clearer. This is where I started thinking about polishing this art,” she said. “It is exactly like a computer language. You have zeros and ones but when you put these two numbers in a pattern, you develop a code and language. Same is the case with this art; when you draw a particular pattern, you produce a masterpiece.”
Nayeema says she was attracted towards the art since her childhood as her father too used to make pencil sketches. She is trying to continue the legacy of her father who could not make it big in the art as he had to sustain a family by working as a labourer. She draws portraits and to start with, she draws a portrait of her father who is a consolidated worker at the Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs.
Her father, Jan Mohammad Sofi, who earns hardly enough to make ends meet for his 6-member family has toiled hard for his 4 children to give them quality education. Now Nayeema while studying tries to contribute to the family income by using her art as a means to earn a livelihood as she is yet to get any job in her field of Information Technology.
Nayeem says she has been doing sketches and paintings since her childhood in order to take forward the legacy of her father, but her limited sources are a huge hurdle in her dream chase. She fears that she might have to give up this dream the way poverty forced her father to.
In Government High School in Nadihal village, she topped in both the 10th and 12th class exams and went on to Degree College Bandipora for her further studies. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST).
She said that her family has always supported and encouraged her in every field and painting as well.
“Due to non-availability of art academy, I faced problems in getting my work recognized or polished as I worked very hard to brush up my drawing skills and now by the grace of almighty, I can draw”.
Nayeema attributes her little success to his father who, she says, is her best teacher, who boosted and motivated her.
Nayeema says she can draw paintings on paper machie, chinar leaves, stones and many more things. She gets limited orders from her friends that help her to fulfil her expenses. While studying, she is not able to market her art well.
With a desire to become a good artist, Nayeem avers that locals have to come forward to support the local art and that, she believes, is the only option of making the local art gain some more ground. (From KDC)