There is a saying that certain talents come with birth and Hyderabadi girl Syeda Ashna Turabi proves it just right. This 14-year-old is born with a boon of making exceptional art pieces from a young age. Recently, the student’s works captured the attention of a businessman in London, UK, who then went on to order her paintings for his upcoming restaurant called Ameena’s Kitchen in London.
“My dad had been posting my artworks on Facebook. Syed Amjad Ali, a businessman from London contacted my dad with regards to the paintings. He wanted an Indian-themed restaurant, Hyderabadi to be specific and so asked us to portray the different traditions and monuments of Telangana,” says Syeda.
In a span of just a month, Syeda made several paintings that include the historic Charminar and Mecca Masjid in evening hours, rural life of Telangana, women cooking, a king on an elephant among others.
Syeda’s skill in art comes from her father, photojournalist Urooj Ahmed Turabi. “Since I was in playschool, I used to make small sketches. My dad is a self-taught artist who then moulded me into the artist that I am today. He used to tell me what I am doing wrong or how I can make the work look its best and with time I slowly started advancing in my art,” shares Syeda Ashna.
“I started painting on canvas using acrylic colours from 2016. All the paintings that we have dispatched to London are of the same. They had sent a few demo pictures of the kind of paintings they had in mind and I replicated them into larger sizes – around five to six feet,” shares the 14-year-old who also keeps replicating the photos clicked by her dad into paintings. Going forward, Syeda wants to pursue arts as a career.
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