Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I just turned 23 and I'm going to begin pursuing a postgrad art degree. I was born in Delhi to a sadarni textile designer and Bengali artist,
but spent my elementary years in Goa in a small village called Corjuem. Then I moved to Delhi to finish schooling and moved on to
do a Sociology undergrad. I've been practicing as an artist since and now I want to bridge my gap between academia and art.
Who or what inspires you?
Successful women. I'm continuously channeling someone or the other, it what keeps me motivated and excited.
From female celebrities to female friends. Whether it's a unapologetic female rapper like Princess Nokia or even someone questioning
their circumstance like Kangana Ranaut, it's an exciting (albeit very tough) time for women in the world and it's great to be a part of it.
What makes you cool?
Haha, I'm not sure what makes me cool. What I cherish about myself is a lightness of being, I don't take myself and my 'work' very seriously.
I am very easily and openly influenced and inspired by people and things around me.
What does it take to piss you off?
Entitled men. Dismissive unwanted cynicism. Bad Wi-Fi in my house(always). Red tape in colleges. Negotiating routes with an ola cab.
For art it would be baroque, expressionist and dada. For fashion it would be 1930s China (think In The Mood For Love) or
Mughal (think Deepika Padukone cos why not). In terms of when I would like to be born, I think I would say I'm happy with now.
The political climate sucks right now I know, but being a woman in today's world is far better than a lot of the past we tend to romanticise.
If not an artist, you would be?
What’s your favorite music/genre? + Current favorite song?
I go through serious phases. Currently it's been a long standing K-pop phase (mainly for some of the music videos, which are just mental).
My current song on repeat tho is Puzzle by Lapalux
Where would you be found chilling in Delhi?
At home. Do people chill in Delhi?
What do you think of fashion in India?
I think people have started expressing themselves so much through personal style, it's pretty amazing. In terms of what's in the stores,
it's great that handloom and sustainability are back in a big way (mind you I'm not alluding to Smriti), but I do find it's usage
a little repetitive and safe. That said, there's a plethora of choices in India and there's no end to the things you can create from its infinite
textiles so I'm excited to see how that develops.
Would you ever spot Pakhi Sen in Zara?
Maybe only in basics, if at all. It doesn't really fit my aesthetic and I'm a little iffy about wearing a garment that has a million others just like it.
Also in India it's so easy to get exactly what you want made so I prefer doing that.
What’s your style?
Maximalist. Infantile. Quicksilver (the word, not the superhero)
Delhi or Goa?
Hahaha actually both in their own right - Delhi for its history/diversity/political fervour and Goa for its scenery/food/'susegad'.
Everyone's like lol Goa duh, but because they're complete opposites, they're equally enriching.
styled + shot by Nandini Munjal
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