“I Could Not Afford NIFT, But I Am On Way To Be An Art Entrepreneur”

Published on 6 Feb 2019 . 1 min read

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A 19-year-old from Kanpur caught the fancy of my eyes at SHEROES  Art, Craft & Photography Community. Take a look at more of her works before I take you through her life-story which is quite moving and inspiring.

Collage of her artwork

Harshita Sharma from Kanpur, cleared the entrance exam for NIFT, the top designing institute of India in 2017. But she didn't join it and is today trying to fund her future education by selling stone art!

harshita displaying her artwork

Putting up a very brave front, but fighting back her emotions, Harshita starts opening up slowly, "Mahima ma’am, the annual fees of two-and-a-half lakh rupees with add-ons towards various activities, was way beyond the reach of my parents. Mom is a home-manager and father a financial advisor in a government bank. They have to raise my two younger brothers also, who studies in class 10 and six respectively. Since I had a passion for arts and crafts, I decided to help them, by making a few extra bucks through artwork."

harshita with her family

And you will be surprised to know that Harshita has learnt all this through YouTube Tutorials since she cannot afford a tutor. And takes pride in the fact that she is a self-taught artist who is improving and trying to make a living through it."How many get the chance to do it? My parents, though cannot afford it, but are quite supportive of my dreams to be an Art Entrepreneur in future," smiles a very courageous Harshita.

harshita paints football players on stone

She recalls how she took to stone art. Not many in her circle are aware that she gives tuition to younger students at home. What began as to help them with an 'ART-FROM-WASTE school project, later with her growing liking towards it, became her secondary source of income.

harshita's 3d art work

"When my student's school teachers, as well as other people, began appreciating stone-art work, I decided to learn more about it through YouTube. I realised I had an inner pull towards it. Also, there is one more aspect to it - in India, there are not many stone artists thus this art is not very popular. But abroad, this art-form is very popular and highly paid as well. Thus, with time, I am trying to make a mark in this arena, as well as fund my education for now," informs Harshita. She also asserts that paint-worthy tones are readily available as waste in her locality since she lives close to a commercial construction area. And thus it saves her a lot of money! But yes, not all stones are art-worthy...and she takes it took her a lot of time to learn how to pick the right stone, for shaping that perfect artwork that sells at a good price.

harshita display's her art

And for chasing her dreams she has to undergo a lot. Besides preparing for the entrance exams of Bachelors in Fine Arts (through an affordable college in Delhi or BHU), Harshita daily visits various art shops in Kanpur. "I go from one art-selling shop to another. I place my work as samples. And sooner or later, I get orders for more. it took me a long time to reach here. Now I get 12 to 13 orders a day. And stone art sells from as low as Rs. 100 to as high as Rs. 500. I am young and new. And soon I will create my own bigger and better space," asserts a very determined Harshita.

harshita's bigger display of her artwork

She goes on to add that joining SHEROES in 2018 gave wings to her dreams," I was casually browsing the internet when I got to learn about this women-only community. I am overwhelmed by the support that I have got through various community members. Not only they appreciate my work, but there are some seniors in the Art, Craft & Photography Community who answer my queries, help me improve my art and also act as critiques. I cannot describe in words how much I love SHEROES and what it means to me. All I can say is a BIG THANK YOU." And as gratitude to Sairee Chahal, the Founder and CEO of SHEROES, Harshita recently painted her portrait on a stone!


sairee chahal stone artwork

So who is Harshita Sharma at heart and what's her message to the world, especially whose dreams are bigger than their current wingspan? She laughs and leaves us with a beautiful message:

"I am a simple girl, with dreams to excel in something I am passionate and confident about. I wish to make my parents proud of me. And if you are someone like me, then my only message to you is NEVER GIVE UP!"

If #HerStory has touched your heart and left you inspired, do share it...who knows you mind end up making life better! Don't forget to pour some love for her in the comments column. And we will continue to bring you such inspiring stories in our ongoing #MeetTheSheroes series.

You can follow Harshita Sharma at SHEROES.

Mahima Sharma
An award-winning Independent Journalist & Content Curator based in New Delhi. She is Ex-News Editor, CNN-News18 and ANI (a collaboration with Reuters) who comes with an experience of 14 years in Print, TV and Digital Journalism. She is the only Indian who finds a mention in the Writers' Club of Country Squire Magazine, United Kingdom. Sufi at heart, she also has some 30 poems to her credit at various reputed international podiums.

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