Meghiben Rupa Meriya
Artform Appliqué Artist
Education: No Formal Education
Meghiben is an accomplished narrative artist. In 2003 she illustrated the story of her life in Applique. In 2009, she revised the work and submitted it for the President’s national award competition. The text for the Applique piece follows.
"For several years I thought about making a piece which tells the story of my life. This piece covers my childhood, my village, people and the agriculture which I remember.
The story starts in the lower left of the cloth. This is the village of my birth,Ratnal, about 25 Km from Bhuj. We were two sisters and always playing at the evening time. I remember the cowshed in my village – you can see it in the lower left corner. Above, I showed the train track that passes by our village and the tea stalls in the village square.
The most vivid memory from my childhood is of the big earthquake in 1956. I was 10 years old.... the story continued....
....I remember we walked 5 to 10 kms to fetch water. The pond was for the animals and especially for wild animals. I liked the water harvesting system used by the local people. The people who had farms near the hills made small ponds near their farms, so all the rain water came into the farm ponds. Later they could use it for agriculture."
In July 2010 Meghben traveled to the USA to participate in the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. After attending the two day event, she taught narrative applique in workshop in six locations across the USA over a month. Of course, Meghiben then illustrated her experiences in her applique work.....
Here she is, proudly displaying her work to us...I was almost too moved by her story to take this picture. A Person Extraordinaire!
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emka (78876) 2013-11-19 1:27
Hi dear angshu,
What an interesting story accompany this beautiful shot. splendid portrait of this folk artist with her masterpiece. Amazing work.
WArm regrads Malgo
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-11-19 1:31
I think that Meghiben Rupa Meriya would be very proud of your fine portrait of her with her colourful applique. A wonderful photo to accompany your wonderful note about her.
Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (48706) 2013-11-19 2:43
a delightful study this. So much character and detail with an amazing mix of colours. But it is the soft light that gives this impact and a sense of elegance. Wonderful!
Regards - Brian.
Highmountains (2255) 2013-11-19 3:21
Extraordinary details and what exciting colours !! And the eyes of Meghiben are as sharp as ever.
The skill and craftsmanship is visible in the work she displays.
I like the depth and sharpness of the photograph, as if celebrating all the fine details.
Great border framing.
Thanks for sharing, Angshu.
Sergiom (60038) 2013-11-19 4:27
Un très beau portait de cette dame qui a le poids des années dans le village. Mais elle a un très beau sourire et sa robe de couleurs vives est superbe.
holmertz (41017) 2013-11-19 4:47
This is a fine portrait of a woman with an interesting life, and the photo is accompanied by a well written note. We see proof of her excellent artistic craftsmanship, whose colours brighten an already bright photo.
rigoletto (34255) 2013-11-19 5:05
hi angshu. i was expecting some street scenes from your latest trip to kolkata, though you strike back from west again :) upon reading your story, i remembered your interactions with the doll maker lady in istanbul. beautiful reportage photo with nice colors and details even in shades. her artwork looks fantastic in rich indian colors.
everlasting (14618) 2013-11-19 5:15
What an incredible story Angshu. You could make an really interesting photo report on her with a series of images and text.
Glad to be catching up with you again:)
Romano46 (18450) 2013-11-19 12:01
complimenti per questo eccellente ritratto.
Tutto bello: composizione, colori, nitidezza e soprattutto il soggetto che dimostra nel suo benevolo sorriso tutta la sua particolare filosofia della vita che se pur deve essere stata molto difficile come dimostrano i segni che il tempo e la fatica hanno lasciato sul suo corpo.
Un bell'esempio di come affrontare la vecchiai.
Ciao e buona serata
SnapRJW (31119) 2013-11-19 21:19
Hello Angshu - You open a window on a person's life with this excellent note and the colourful accompanying photograph. The portrait utilizes the folk art piece as both additional narrative and a secondary FP in your composition. An excellent upload... what a talented lady! Warm regards rosemary
adidas5nb (5397) 2013-11-19 21:47
certainly an extraordinary story of a real life hero.thanks for sharing the story and the pic.great 1.
jjcordier (76344) 2013-11-19 22:46
Très bon portrait et bonne note pour expliquer le travail de cette artiste.
papagolf21 (86156) 2013-11-20 0:29
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Magnifique portrait dressé à travers cette composition.
Très bonne note d'accompagnement.
Un résultat de qualité.
Très bonne journée.
Nicou (121960) 2013-11-20 4:48
Fantastique portrait de cette dame sueprbe image quelle couleur et vue quel captage et compo sueprbe et bel hommage à elle les traits sur son visage sont superbes.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (43490) 2013-11-20 8:10
A lovely portrait of very thoughtful lady and her artwork - the artist in her quite exquisite dress with a very individual style. Great framing, well concentrated on her facial features, bright and clear with excellent textures & wrinkle. The smile is fantastic and I also feel that bit of eye catch-lights and side lighting have made this shot alive and sparkly even though without her direct eye contact. Indeed a delightful shot and your usual seamless photo works. Congrats.
Appreciate your infor notes.
danos (86691) 2013-11-20 9:57
nice the portrait of the native woman with her colourful traditional costume to make so effective and unique.I like the light and the colour management as the clarity and the beauty of the scene.
josepmarin (57791) 2013-11-20 10:17
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
a superb portrait of this woman, who is a real artist as you explain in your note.
We can notice the pass of the time on her face, and her vital attitude with a lost look when she poses for you.
I like the great management of light, the play of shades, the vivid colours of her garment, and the sharpness of the image.
It's a high quality work.
Graal (97473) 2013-11-20 10:33
nice portrait of old woman here. Good composition. Interesting colorful costume and wrinkled the face. Image is well composed and done.
Have a nice evening.
jhm (139200) 2013-11-21 2:11
Thank you very much for these good notes.
Your picture is nice, a pity of the shade on the face, but this is maybe not really disturbing.
Technical a very well picture, with pleasant colours.
Very well done, TFS.
pajaran (52050) 2013-11-21 8:08
Interesantan i dobar tekst o umetniku, sa datim podacima ...
Lep portret Meghiben Rupa Meriya ...
Umetnici ostavljaju svoja dela za buducnost.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
Interesting and good article about the artist, given the data ...
Nice portrait Meghiben Rupa Meriya ...
Artists leave their work for the future.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
Fis2 (85499) 2013-11-21 12:07
A very interesting face.
I like frame and suuper colors.
subhendu_bagchi (25727) 2013-11-22 1:13
dear dada, what a beautiful artwork she creates. The colours and designs of the shari are fascinating. The confident expressions of her can be seen in her face. And it is quite natural to an artist who has such talent. Thanks for made us known to her work.
pierrefonds (56973) 2013-11-23 10:57
You have captured well the ex[pression of the woman lost in her toughts. The point of view is showing the details and colors of her clothing. It is clear and sharp. Have a nice day.
adores (37055) 2013-11-30 8:30
A great portrait and a fantastic story! I'm sure Gujarat has lots of extraordinary people, strong enough to face the biggest difficulties! The story is amazing and I like the portrait a lot! You captured her wrinkled face and her incredible work in a good and colourful portrait!
maloutim (9637) 2013-12-09 19:31
What a beautiful, expressive portrait of Meghiben ! Lovely, sharp bright shot of the lady and her artwork against the blurred background.
I was very interested in the story of her embroidery and I would have liked to attend one of her exhibitions.
Thanks for sharing.
delpeoples (53009) 2013-12-11 17:22
Namaskar dear Angshu
Wow, what a fascinating and wonderful lady. You were privileged to cross her path and we are privileged to see this photo. I love the tight framing, the incredible definition and texture aswell as the superior light management. Her art work is impressive and I thank you for sharing it with us. The photo is not just a wonderful contribution to TE, it is an important historical document.
COSTANTINO (55482) 2013-12-22 22:47
fine woman s portrait with delicate details
I like the expression of her face looking
at something careffuly
I liked the story you described about
this artist it looks like a fairy tale
a wonderful photo to accompany
have a nice new week
tatadalou (6081) 2014-01-05 14:10
Thanks a lot for telling us the story of this artist and her work. She has a look full of quietness and kindness. Nice compo. Have a nice year.
ManishaJain (291) 2014-03-10 10:20
Graceful lady and a splendid capture. The bright colours of dress adding life to wrinkled but still beautiful face with speaking eyes. So much conveyed by a single click
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55667)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Portraits from Kachchh
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-19 0:56