Orphaned at early age, Kashmiri young boy finds livelihood in his art

Orphaned at early age, Kashmiri young boy finds livelihood in his art

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SRINAGAR: You may have seen different types of traditional art in Kashmir, be it paper machie, carving or other handicrafts, but today we are introducing you to a new art, which is an innovation of a young Kashmiri boy.

He is Mohsin Rashid of Nishat area of Srinagar city. Mohsin has made different traditional decorative items with papers. He makes Shikara Boat, Traditional pot Kangri and many more.

No teacher, no guide Mohsin has introduced this amazing art which is widely appreciated in the valley. This boy has participated in various events at state level.

A commerce student Mohsin has lost his father at the early age. Since then he was toiling hard to get a job at hotels and restaurants to shoulder the responsibilities of his mother and three younger siblings.

“I lost my father when I was a kid. I had responsibility to feed my family. I was hunting for a job and I start working in a hotel, but I was not satisfied. I decided to pursue my art as a par time and I got good response. Now I am planning to focus on it if I get some sort of support to get its recognisation and establishing it,” Mohsin told.

Interestingly Mohsin made his passion for art a source of livelihood now besides inspiring many other like him.

He has bagged many awards in the new art. Last year Mohsin bagged the prize in an event at Kala Utsav in Jammu. Mohsin has also sold some of items. Kangri was sold for Rs 12, 00 and a Shikara for Rs 2,500.

He is now planning to make a Samovar. “I got several orders in a shorter period of time and sold many of my hand mad decorative items”, he said.

Mohsin is running a Facebook page “Paper Art of Kashmir” through which has also sold some of items. Mohsis said that social networking is an important tool for him to reach his customers around the globe.

“If I am being provided little support, I can create many more unique items with this art. Even I have myself start building a group of boys, girls of my age to train them to promote this art. We are focusing on social marketing as at this stage cant afford a shop or place on rent for display of these unique art related to kashmir tradition, culture”, he added.

Let’s buy these unique creations of paper art of Mohsin to encourage, support him and to inspire other youth with talent.

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Irfan Quraishi is a Srinagar based Broadcast & Multimedia journalist in Indian Kashmir. He has previously worked as senior Correspondent for Day & Night News, Kashmir Times. Quraishi is founding Editor of “KASHMIR PATRIOT” launched in 2016. He has acquired over seven years of journalistic experience in Print, Electronic and Digital media. He had been a fellow of Thomson Reuters Foundation London and RNTC Europe. He has done a great deal of reporting and analysis on diverse issues of public importance including Human Rights, Media, Security, Politics, Health, Tourism, Education and Current Affairs. His contributions have been published in The Hoot, The Quint, The Citizen, and many other national media organizations.