My passion for oneness and my dream to bring all together was seeded in me since my childhood.
My family was originally from Sindh, Pakistan. My father was a physician and had his own practice there. During partition my parents were forced to leave their home and other possessions, travelled with their eight children to India by train. Initially they lived in refugee camps and ultimately settled in Ajmer, Rajasthan.
I was born in Ajmer, a small desert town in Rajasthan, NW of India. It is a great pilgrimage for Hindus and Muslims. Hindus travel from all over India to take a dip in Pushkar lake as it is sacred, and Muslims travel from all over the world to visit the tomb of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisty monument.
I was the last child and I had nine older siblings. My father died when I was ten years old. My mother was a very spiritual person. Though she was a practicing Hindu, but she believed in one God, who is the source of all life on this earth and beyond. She transferred her belief in all of us and often said that we are the children of the same God and there is no difference in Hindu, Muslim or Christian or Jews.
I had complete faith in what she said and later in life as an adult it has become my aim to bring the whole world together through my artwork and poetry.
I was born without fingers on my left hand and before I could become aware of this deformity. She managed to make my faith so strong in God that I became confident and grateful as I grew up. Though I was shy and self-conscious, but I knew that my God has created me for a special reason and that gave me all my strength. Painting became my need at very early age. I could draw and doodle with continuous lyrical lines moving on the rhythm of my own soul. I feel blessed because I was born with two wings, the love to create and a love for God. These two gifts have been sources of eternal joy and a constant flow of positive inspiration in my life. I work every day as I have made covenant with my Creator that I will spread the love and blessings that He has showered upon me.
Born into the Hindu tradition in my native India, and accepting Islam later on, I have enjoyed the beauty of these two distinctive traditions firsthand. As a woman, artist, and mother, I work to create harmony by expressing the universality of humanity through paintings, sculpture, and poetry. Inspired by the imagery of my Indian heritage and Islamic spirituality, I use my artistic voice to foster peace and understanding by breaking down the barriers that divide us. I use my life experiences and my pain to bridge the solidifying divisions between different faiths that are so prevalent in our culture today.
Bringing together Eastern spirituality and Western painting techniques, my works are lyrical, spiritual, figurative, and calligraphic. My paintings reveal stories of unity in diversity, peace and joy, hope in current crisis, and women’s issues. Through the contrasting elements in my work, I yearn and search for unity, the recurring faceless figures in my paintings representing the universal oneness of all humanity.