Art is supposed to make you feel something.

I can’t remember where I first read or heard this statement, however, over the course of time, it has somehow stuck with me. A huge part of this can amount to the fact that, I indeed find it true and endearing. We are constantly surrounded by art, however, very few can actually understand and realise its existence. Maybe because, South Asians don’t really find productiveness in art or being an artist, for that matter.

Oh, the irony. Everyone in this world is aware of how South Asia is somehow one of most blessed places with art to its name. Yet, we don’t want our kids to turn into artists or cartoonists and illustrators for that matter.

However, things are changing. From past one week, the people on Twitter are waking up to the growing emergence of the #SouthAsianArtists trend. Started by Fatima Wajid, a design student, and illustrator, the hashtag was able to gather thousands of south Asian artists who are blessed with impeccable skills. There’s so much to see and experience on this trend, that many are not even aware of.

From illustrations to artwork on mere stones, people shared their talent on the microblogging site and we’re grateful for every one of them.

Check them out:

After having a good look at pieces of art like these, I wonder if we would ever be able to give justice to the talent these people possess? Would we be able to bring limelight on these pieces of work? Or, would these young artists be pushed into becoming engineers and doctors for the sake of having a much better living standard than satisfactory living standard?

Jyotsna Amla