Interview with Iconic Rouble Nagi

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Rouble Nagi is an ace personality of the country. She is world famous artist known for making sculptures, murals, paintings and a philanthropist of par excellence. Her world renowned initiative named "Misaal Mumbai" is the first slum painting initiative in India, through which she has painted over 165000 houses to date. A project to paint houses in slums in Mumbai to give life to the slum and keep it clean and hygienic. Her book Titled Slum Queen was recently released by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. In an exclusive interview with Heaven Mail, she talks to Rameez Makhdoomi. Excerpts : How did you develop art of making sculptures? I have been working as a professional artist for over two decades now, and have made over 800 murals and sculptures worldwide. For me art has to be interactive with form that can be touched and felt. My forte has always been murals and sculptures from when I began my journey as an artist. My studio is more like a laboratory than a studio, I loved experimenting with new mediums and today I work in 33 different mediums glass,metal,stone,ceramic,mosaic etc. What features you love to keep in sculptures you make? Every stone has layers and as a sculptor when you start cutting the stone it reveals the character, something that all sculptors consider to retain. The tough part is giving a soft look to a material as hard as stone. You have painted slums of country to beautify them, what was motivation for same? Every artist has a motivation; art is a form of expression. My art has to be beneficial to the society and painting the slum was just the tip of the iceberg, we wanted to draw attention to the real issues on ground. Art proved that it is a barrier breaker and helped us start a dialogue with the locals. Slums is a complicated cluster where different communities coexist and have numerous problems, art served as a medium to get them together to address issues. What are your hobbies? Ans: I like reading and writing, currently I am reading the “The strive towards freedom” by Martin Luther Kind Jr. Poetry has a special place in my heart, I quote Leonardo da Vinci to sum it up “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” What is your favourite realm in painting since you are excellent painter as well? I have always seen abstract art as a realm of free and subjective self-expression. To create something beautiful the inspiration comes from life. Action art using mobility and not being limited by using an easel, is what I do. Every artist paints what they are. Details about Rouble Nagi Art Foundation work? Rouble Nagi Art Foundation is an NGO based out of Mumbai working PAN India. Vision: "Educate the underprivileged, help make a child cheerful, healthy and creative who is respected in the society and whose rights are protected.” Rouble Nagi Art Foundation (RNAF) is a not-for-profit organization set up with the vision to make sure that all children get an education that helps them become caring, responsible and productive citizens. As a concrete step towards realizing this vision, RNAF has various programmes which aim at providing quality education for underprivileged children by introducing low cost and sustainable educational models. For the last 10 years, RNAF has been working in Slums and villages of India addressing issues like Education, Women Empowerment, Employment along with regular workshops for Sanitation and Hygiene. After working for over a decade in rural India we set off cornerstones, representing shared goals, what people actually wanted: Education, Women and Youth Empowerment, Health & Nutrition, Environment along with transformation and most importantly addressing employment through Skill and Vocational training centres. We believe in the potential of the people and focus on empowering them. Through our various Social Service Delivery Projects and Initiatives for Slums and villages which aims to improve the standard of living for the poor and vulnerable population living in the slums. We believe every community has its unique culture, traditions and beliefs. To uplift the entire community, our approach honours those things but never at the expense of personal dignity and humanity of an individual community member. We co-develop programs directly with each community after understanding the problems on the ground. You are also into providing platforms to village skills and women empowerment, a bit on that? We realised that just skill training will not help create village entrepreneurs, we need to take a step forward by giving them a market to showcase their talent and monetize their skill and creativity. We train and enable women from rural villages to showcase their work on a digital platform we created known as Studio Saksham. A bit about your initiative Studio Saksham? The Mahila Saksham Yojna is an initiative to empower unskilled women from villages and slums to make Handicrafts and Khadi Fabric Products. Women from Kashmir valley, Villages in Rajasthan and slums in Mumbai/Delhi have created these products. The initiative has played a key role in empowering women from rural India, who are now confident of their skill and have become financially independent. The Aim is to make women self-reliant and give them financial independence. Through Studio Saksham we combine our passion for a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination. Through this model we can combine the very best of the not-for-profit, philanthropic world with the very best of the for-profit, enterprising world. The RNAF has created successful women entrepreneurs and served as a platform for aspiring women, we are focussed on supporting women to become authentic and conscious leaders so they can make the biggest impact they can possibly make with their work and do so from a place of meaning, purpose, and joy. We have coaching programmes and mentoring programmes, and a host of events that bring women together to network and learn from one another in slums and villages across the country. With the emergence and growth of cross sector partnerships, there is a growing realization that there is a way to combine the very best of the not-for-profit, philanthropic world with the very best of the for-profit, enterprising world. This hybrid is the wave of the future for both profit and non-profit organizations. In the face of this new reality, an increasing number of forward-looking non-profits / NGOs are beginning to appreciate the increased revenue, focus and effectiveness that can come from adopting "for profit" business approaches. Increasingly, they are reinventing themselves as social entrepreneurs, combining "the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination. We have launched our first Ecommerce store, The initiative will play a key role in empowering women from rural India, who are now confident of their skill and have become financially independent. The Aim is to make women “Saksham” “सक्षम” self-reliant and give them financial independence. A brief summary of slum queen the book you authored? The book primarily talks about the initiatives undertaken by me and my NGO, Rouble Nagi Art Foundation (RNAF) in betterment of the lives of the underprivileged throughout India. The book details the various workshops and other initiatives which RNAF has organised over the years and in particular, the book focuses on the initiative known as ‘Misaal Mumbai’ which later expanded into ‘Misaal India.’ Under this initiative, RNAF has undertaken the task to beautify slums and villages across India. But the beautification is merely a stepping stone for addressing issues concerning the people living in the slums and villages. The book elaborates on the skill and learning centres that RNAF has built in these areas wherein we guide the residents towards a better future. The book also shares wonderful anecdotes regarding aspirations and dreams of individuals living within these communities and the hardships faced by them along with the challenges that we have had to face initially when we were trying to establish ‘Misaal Mumbai.’ The book is divided into ten chapters and consists of roughly fifty thousand words and traces my journey from being born and brought up into a military family and slowly discovering the passion for art and how empathizing towards people was ingrained within me from a very young age. The book entails an interesting journey as I grew up travelling across India and discovering new people and imbibing diverse cultures. The narrative then forays into my career in art and I talk about how I always wanted art to become a medium with the help of which I could better the lives of those in peril. It follows into the initiatives that RNAF has undertaken and provides description of the works me and my team have done in slums and villages across India and the road I see ahead in terms of growing this initiative and how it has impacted the lives of so many people across the country. The book also incorporates various photographs of our work in respective slums and villages to give a better perception to readers about the project and its impact. Your well-wishers and fans see bigger sky still unfolding for you in coming times, your take on that? The journey is always fascinating, Be determined and persistent, on what you want to achieve. I have always believed that let a vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life. Underprivileged welfare is your mission, how has this great value been imbibed in this otherwise world of materialism? It has been long since I have been practicing spirituality and materialism doesn’t really have any place in my life. I have always thought and lived by the principle that in life we own nothing and are mere custodians of all material objects. All that remains is how many lives have we impacted in our lifetime. If we are privileged it is our duty to lend a hand to someone who needs it. There is genuine suffering in the world, and that it is our duty to help reduce the misery and pain in the world.
Rouble Nagi is an ace personality of the country. She is world famous artist known for making sculptures, murals, paintings  and a philanthropist of par excellence.
Her world renowned  initiative named “Misaal Mumbai” is the first slum painting initiative in India, through which she has painted over 165000 houses to date. A project to paint houses in slums in Mumbai to give life to the slum and keep it clean and hygienic. Her book Titled Slum Queen was recently released by Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
In an exclusive interview with Heaven Mail, she talks to Rameez Makhdoomi.
Excerpts :
How did you develop art of making sculptures?
 I have been working as a professional artist for over two decades now, and have made over 800 murals and sculptures worldwide. For me art has to be interactive with form that can be touched and felt. My forte has always been murals and sculptures from when I began my journey as an artist. My studio is more like a laboratory than a studio, I loved experimenting with new mediums and today I work in 33 different mediums glass,metal,stone,ceramic,mosaic etc.
What features you love to keep in sculptures you make?
 Every stone has layers and as a sculptor when you start cutting the stone it reveals the character, something that all sculptors consider to retain. The tough part is giving a soft look to a material as hard as stone.
You have painted slums of country to beautify them, what was motivation for same?
 Every artist has a motivation; art is a form of expression. My art has to be beneficial to the society and painting the slum was just the tip of the iceberg, we wanted to draw attention to the real issues on ground.  Art proved that it is a barrier breaker and helped us start a dialogue with the locals. Slums is a complicated cluster where different communities coexist and have numerous problems, art served as a medium to get them together to address issues.
What are your hobbies?
Ans: I like reading and writing, currently I am reading the “The strive towards freedom” by Martin Luther Kind Jr. Poetry has a special place in my heart, I quote Leonardo da Vinci to sum it up “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”
What is your favourite realm in painting since you are excellent painter as well?
I have always seen abstract art as a realm of free and subjective self-expression. To create something beautiful the inspiration comes from life. Action art using mobility and not being limited by using an easel, is what I do. Every artist paints what they are.
Details about Rouble Nagi Art Foundation work?
Rouble Nagi Art Foundation is an NGO based out of Mumbai working PAN India.
Vision: “Educate the underprivileged, help make a child cheerful, healthy and creative who is respected in the society and whose rights are protected.”
Rouble Nagi Art Foundation (RNAF) is a not-for-profit organization set up with the vision to make sure that all children get an education that helps them become caring, responsible and productive citizens. As a concrete step towards realizing this vision, RNAF has various programmes
which aim at providing quality education for underprivileged children by introducing low cost and sustainable educational models. For the last 10 years, RNAF has been working in Slums and villages of India addressing issues like Education, Women Empowerment, Employment along
with regular workshops for Sanitation and Hygiene. After working for over a decade in rural India we set off cornerstones, representing shared goals, what people actually wanted: Education, Women and Youth Empowerment, Health & Nutrition, Environment along with transformation
and most importantly addressing employment through Skill and Vocational training centres. We
believe in the potential of the people and focus on empowering them.
Through our various Social Service Delivery Projects and Initiatives for Slums and villages which aims to improve the standard of living for the poor and vulnerable population living in the slums. We believe every community has its unique culture, traditions and beliefs. To uplift the
entire community, our approach honours those things but never at the expense of personal dignity and humanity of an individual community member. We co-develop programs directly with each
community after understanding the problems on the ground.
You are also into providing platforms to village skills and women empowerment, a bit on that?
We realised that just skill training will not help create village entrepreneurs, we need to take a step forward by giving them a market to showcase their talent and monetize their skill and creativity. We train and enable women from rural villages to showcase their work on a digital platform we created known as Studio Saksham.
A bit about your initiative Studio Saksham?
The Mahila Saksham Yojna is an initiative to empower unskilled women from villages and slums to make Handicrafts and Khadi Fabric Products. Women from Kashmir valley, Villages in Rajasthan and slums in Mumbai/Delhi have created these products. The initiative has played a key role in empowering women from rural India, who are now confident of their skill and have become financially independent. The Aim is to make women self-reliant and give them financial independence.
Through Studio Saksham we combine our passion for a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination.
Through this model we can combine the very best of the not-for-profit, philanthropic world with the very best of the for-profit, enterprising world.
The RNAF has created successful women entrepreneurs and served as a platform for aspiring women, we are focussed on supporting women to become authentic and conscious leaders so they can make the biggest impact they can possibly make with their work and do so from a place of meaning, purpose, and joy.  We have coaching programmes and mentoring programmes, and a host of events that bring women together to network and learn from one another in slums and villages across the country.
With the emergence and growth of cross sector partnerships, there is a growing realization that there is a way to combine the very best of the not-for-profit, philanthropic world with the very best of the for-profit, enterprising world. This hybrid is the wave of the future for both profit and non-profit organizations. In the face of this new reality, an increasing number of forward-looking non-profits / NGOs are beginning to appreciate the increased revenue, focus and effectiveness that can come from adopting “for profit” business approaches. Increasingly, they are reinventing themselves as social entrepreneurs, combining “the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation, and determination.
We have launched our first Ecommerce store, The initiative will play a key role in empowering women from rural India, who are now confident of their skill and have become financially independent. The Aim is to make women “Saksham” “सक्षम” self-reliant and give them financial independence.
A brief summary of slum queen the book you authored?
The book primarily talks about the initiatives undertaken by me and my NGO, Rouble Nagi Art Foundation (RNAF) in betterment of the lives of the underprivileged throughout India. The book details the various workshops and other initiatives which RNAF has organised over the years and in particular, the book focuses on the initiative known as ‘Misaal Mumbai’ which later expanded into ‘Misaal India.’ Under this initiative, RNAF has undertaken the task to beautify slums and villages across India. But the beautification is merely a stepping stone for addressing issues concerning the people living in the slums and villages. The book elaborates on the skill and learning centres that RNAF has built in these areas wherein we guide the residents towards a better future. The book also shares wonderful anecdotes regarding aspirations and dreams of individuals living within these communities and the hardships faced by them along with the challenges that we have had to face initially when we were trying to establish ‘Misaal Mumbai.’
The book is divided into ten chapters and consists of roughly fifty thousand words and traces my journey from being born and brought up into a military family and slowly discovering the passion for art and how empathizing towards people was ingrained within me from a very young age. The book entails an interesting journey as I grew up travelling across India and discovering new people and imbibing diverse cultures. The narrative then forays into my career in art and I talk about how I always wanted art to become a medium with the help of which I could better the lives of those in peril. It follows into the initiatives that RNAF has undertaken and provides description of the works me and my team have done in slums and villages across India and the road I see ahead in terms of growing this initiative and how it has impacted the lives of so many people across the country. The book also incorporates various photographs of our work in respective slums and villages to give a better perception to readers about the project and its impact.
Your well-wishers and fans see bigger sky still unfolding for you in coming times, your take on that?
The journey is always fascinating, Be determined and persistent, on what you want to achieve. I have always believed that let a vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life.
Underprivileged welfare is your mission, how has this great value been imbibed in this otherwise world of materialism?
It has been long since I have been practicing spirituality and materialism doesn’t really have any place in my life. I have always thought and lived by the principle that in life we own nothing and are mere custodians of all material objects. All that remains is how many lives have we impacted in our lifetime. If we are privileged it is our duty to lend a hand to someone who needs it. There is genuine suffering in the world, and that it is our duty to help reduce the misery and pain in the world.

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