Mangaluru, Feb 256, 2017 : After, Dakshina Kannada’s Vilas Nayak, a name that probably the whole world is familiar with now. Shabari Ganiga, Karavali’s sole female fast painter, who like Vilas is steadily carving a niche for herself in the region. "My passion has been painting since I can remember, I always looked forward to doing this after coming back from school each day," said Shabari. The fondness for this expanded exponentially, it was five years ago that she decided to take up another dimension - fast painting.
The 23-year-old MCA student loves painting portraits and has already done many live fast paintings. Her one dream is to go international and show Dakshina Kannada’s inherent and rich culture on a mega platform. She also wants to paint Dr Veerendra Heggade, a personality she always looked up to. Shabari has one complaint is that there are not many female artists in our country and that is something that needs to be changed.
She stated "This new trend began in me when I started attending events to participate in cultural programmes. I’m also a singer, so whenever I finished my turn and had to wait for my team mates to perform, I’d end up getting bored. So, I decided to start painting when my team performed on stage. I gradually started doing live paintings on stage based on the dance/song that was being performed. Initially, I’d sketch and then paint it. But that drew criticism from my team members as they felt it was no big deal to do something like that. I took it up as a challenge to start painting straight off and soon I was doing 6/4 feet paintings in less than five minutes," smiles Shabari.