//Kashmiri Muslim Girl artist paints Hindu Gods

Kashmiri Muslim Girl artist paints Hindu Gods

BRIDGING RELIGIONS: For 13-year-old Muslim artist Insha Manzoor, art knows no boundaries of religion.Pawan Bali,CNN-IBN
Updated 2037 hrs IST (+GMT 5:30), 21.02.06

Jammu: She does not paint masterpieces, but coming from a girl in early teens, her art is impressive to say the least.

Insha Manzoor, the artist, is the daughter of a Muslim truck driver from Mattan in Anantnag district. And while the world burns with protests over Prophet Mohammad’s cartoons, this 13-year-old girl from a humble background is painting Radha and Krishna.

Her paintings are a reflection of what she truly believes in and practices: A world undivided by religion.

"Art knows no boundaries of religion. I want to say that like art, even people should not have any divides. We should all live together, peacefully," envisions Insha Manzoor, the young artist.

Her paintings range from portraits of Mahatma Gandhi to images from Hindu mythology.

But ask Insha about her favourite subject, and she doesn’t have to blink her eye.

"I like painting Radha-Krishna. I paint them from my imagination," beams Insha.

Insha’s choice of subject did raise doubts among her family members initially. It could have been difficult for a Muslim girl to paint Radha and Krishna in a valley torn apart by religious strife.

But today, her parents are proud of their little daughter, who has followed her passion against all odds and made a difference.

Says Manzoor Ahmad Ganai, Insha’s father: "Earlier we were doubtful about her choice of subjects. But today, we are proud of her."

What makes Insha even more special is that she has received no formal training and has no financial backup. But she has the will that will definitely keep her going.

The message is clear that art knows no boundaries. That is why this 13-year-old is fighting all odds to paint her imagination