Rang Rage Artists
Pinki - A layout designer becomes a Rang Rage artist
When she finished her course in Fine Arts, Pinki thought opening a boutique was the answer to her art longings. But it wasn't meant to be. So she joined an advertising company where she got the job of designing layouts for advertisements. That did satisfy her artistic urges to some extent. But she had to quit the job after marriage. She then continued to paint and draw whenever she could. With a little daughter to take care of, her time was often divided. Now that her daughter became older, she decided to search for better ways to express her art. One day she spotted a print advertisement that talked about artists coming together at a workshop for creating hand- painted products. She applied at once and got selected. Team Rang Rage took care of her flaws and helped her achieve excellence. The only remaining hurdle was the oppositition of her husband who was finally led to believe by Pinki's daughter. Team Rang Rage helped Pinki overcome her fears and nervousness. The entire environment contributed in boosting her morale and encouraging her to accept challenges every day. Pinki feels like ever since joining Rang Rage, her design skills have improved and she has become a far better artist. Today she has a dream of buying her own personal car and with the support of Rang Rage, she has no doubt that she would achieve this too.
Nirmala - It's never too late to find a career
After marriage, Nirmala had never thought she would come to love a place as much as she loves her family. Whenever she was free from her household chores, she often wondered if she would become one of those housewives who compromise with their dreams. Rang Rage made her believe she could still pursue her dreams without compromising on her family responsibilities. The team groomed her in her style of art and made her a hand-painted products artist – an entity that she now relishes. In her growing up years, Nirmala was like any other girl. She loved to paint, do craft and participated in every activity that girls her age did. Her source of inspiration was her aunt who always took her art seriously and motivated her. But she gave in to family pressure and got married quite early. She never had the chance to consider a career for herself or to think about future goals. She was discovered by Rang Rage that developed an ambitious spirit in her. Creative Head Neeti Jain took a special interest in grooming Nirmala who seized every opportunity of learning painting and art. Reconnecting with her old hobby was like reconnecting with her childhood years. She relived cherished memories of fondly painting and drawing. Rang Rage mentored her in every possible way and took out the artist in her. Nirmala today has become such a professional painter that she doesn't rest until she has paid attention to every detail of her painting. Rang Rage inculcated a spirit of meticulous work in Nirmala.
Dipika - A non-artsy girl joins an art community
When 19-year-old Dipika walks into the Rang Rage workshop, nobody ever remembers that she was completely oblivious to art earlier. Everyone only remembers her transformed interest and her art work that is spread across many products at the workshop. Rang Rage as always never quit having faith in the artists. Dipika was a usual happy-go-lucky B.Com student minding her own business. Unlike her sister Neha who is a Rang Rage artist, Dipika dreamed of doing a government job some day. It was probably her sister's unconscious influence or the stories of Rang Rage heard once in a while that led her to try some painting on a bottle. The result thrilled her parents first, then her sister who finally brought her where she now knows she truly belonged – Rang Rage. What evokes a positive curiosity in Dipika is how the blend of two colours makes for a new colour. This element inspires her to experiment and paint more. Thanks to the patience of Rang Rage team, Dipika today is an art addict. She often finds things in her house and starts painting on them. She is not the old Dipika anymore. She is now paying her tuition fee and has a new ambition – to pursue a course in Fine Arts. Rang Rage converted a government-job aspirant into a true artist.
Anita - From common goals to a personal goal
Living in a joint family, Anita had adapted to sharing. Common dreams, common goals and common responsibilities made up her days and years. But when her kids grew up, she felt a vacuum that only art could fill. Rang Rage became her runway of new dreams. While team Rang Rage still cherishes the look on her face when she had received her first pay cheque, Anita relishes each minutes she spends at the workshop. Anita was a school girl when she had found herself immersed in artistic endeavours. Painting, drawing, claywork, mehendi, rangoli, stitching – she saw art in everyday life. With growing up, she also outgrew the feeling that art could still be part of her life. After graduating in commerce, she got married in a joint family that kept her busy for many years. But like all Indian women, she embraced all her responsibilities gladly. This went on for years and years until the time her kids grew up. For many women, this is the typical time of the beginning of mid-life crisis. Anita refused to accept fate passively. She searched for something worthwhile. Her sister then led her to Rang Rage – a place where artists thrive and create phenomenal art. That's what Rang Rage looks like to Anita. She loved Rang Rage for two reasons. First, she didn't have to invest anything to join. Two, the entire atmosphere oozed of positive energy and artistic challenge. Anita realized this would become the new stepping stone of her buried dreams. Team Rang Rage soon discovered a quick learner in Anita. The team members encouraged her to experiment and stretch her limits. For Anita, on the other hand, every day became a new challenge, every assignment a new adventure. Anita today is a confident housewife who has gained a renewed respect of her husband because of her desire to financially support her family. Rang Rage helped her build this confidence that has now equipped her with ambitions.
Pradeep - How a 'god-maker' found faith in painting
There's no age to make a debut. For that matter, there's no certain age to realize what you want to do with your life. Even for a 'god-maker' like 30-year old Pradeep, life was confusing and ever changing. From making idols of gods and goddesses to working in a call center, he had tried it all. Until ofcourse Rang Rage gave him a clear goal and a lasting interest. Pradeep has a short attention span, just like that of a goldfish. And for a long time, he believed that he was fickle-mindedness and that prevented him in settling down into an occupation. Since he loved painting as a kid, his first interest became clay art. So after passing his 12th in Commerce, he tried his hands in making idols of deities and painting religious figures. But true to his nature, he soon got bored and decided to work in an Idea call centre. Monotony got hold of him again and he quit, this time in order to supply vegetables to hotels. Pradeep was still restless and impatient. He felt like his life didn't have a direction and that he desperately wanted to do a job that gave him work satisfaction. Here's when Rang Rage caught his attention through a newspaper advertisement. The artist in him awoke again and he joined the team at once. "I realized that I used to lose focus and interest in my previous occupations. Not at Rang Rage. I don't know how time flies while I am painting. It is so interesting to be able to use my skill for a great product," he says. Pradeep enjoys painting devotional and religious figures and shapes. Ever since he joined Rang Rage, he has evolved as an artist as well as a person. Through the guidance that he received at the workshops, he has developed a lasting interest in art. When he is not painting, chess and cricket keep him busy. He dreams of travelling the world some day and wishes to see several art forms of various countries. With Rang Rage, he feels confident he can accomplish that as well.
Vibhuti- Another Cinderella, another prince! And art story!
For 21-year-old Vibhuti, just having dreams of being an artist was a luxury. That is because she hailed from a humble family that lived in a one-room house with her parents who decided to educate their only girl child. Thus when Rang Rage found out about Vibhuti's passion in art, this artistic Cinderella knew at once that this was the 'Prince charming' she had been waiting for.
Vibhuti is a student of Fine Arts College – which is no less than a social stigma in India. If you want to be an artist, people think you are either weak at Math or you are insane. And not only do they think, they are equally quick to tell you that to your face. Vibhutihad steadily prepared herself for these factors when she enrolled for the course. However, life still looked bleak.
But at Rang Rage, Vibhuti was a cause we wanted to invest in. For us, she was the kind of artist, we would have spent our lives working with. Her background helped her case. It turned out that Vibhuti's father too was a struggling artist but circumstances and financial challenges prevented him for pursuing it. Imagine his happiness when he heard that his daughter got acceptance at a niche design house! Vibhuti turned out to be a promising artist who is being carved and crafted at Rang Rage.
- Ramadal Tripathi
Ramadal Tripathi - In pursuit of happy-ness
While painting large advertising hoardings in District Satna in sweat and heat, 39-year-old Ramadal was about to settle down in his destiny. After all, he had to feed a family of four apart from ensuring his kids got education. It took a stroke of curiosity and an invoking of a desire for happiness that brought him to Indore. When he landed at Rang Rage, he was only looking for an additional source of income. What he got as bonus was a life less ordinary, a career more promising.
Ramadal wanted a secured future for his two children – a daughter who is in school and a son who is pursuing a course of Chartered Accountancy. Would the contractual work of painting hoardings, slogans and ads in a city like Satnabe enough? He was ready to work round-the-clock if need be, but would he get more work? These worries finally led him to migrate to Indore where he got more contracts, more work. But someone up there was smiling –He knew that Ramadal was born to get a better life.
When he came to Rang Rage, he was touched by how the team treated him. For the first time, he realized what it meant to be called 'an artist and a designer'. He couldn't believe that he would become an integral part of a design house dealing in apparels, fashion accessory and home décor. Team Rang Rage made him discover his impeccable flair at painting and encouraged him to try newer designs. Under the aegis of Rang Rage, he excelled in painting and viewed his work as 'art' for the first time in his life.
Today, Ramadal is a financially secured person and a proud father who knows his children won't be ashamed of his profession anymore.
Palak - When colours outnumbered equations
Until the final year of college, a Bachelor's course in software development looks good. The fairy tale ends. When reality strikes, most software developers realize the lack of creativity and an absolute waste of one's thinking abilities in their jobs. 24-year old Palak was one of them. Good that she had an inclination for painting. Rang Rage decided to make a career out of this little stint and gave Palak a focus in life. The mathematical equations in her life were aptly replaced by vivid colours.
Sometimes it also surprises Team Rang Rage how they end up directing career paths without intending to. All we did for Palak was teach her some basic techniques of painting coupled with contemporary styles. How Palak took the teaching was beyond our imagination. She made a tough career decision. She decided to take up art as a profession.
The results pleasantly surprised her. Even her parents came to take pride in her work and learnt to value the artist in her. Rang Rage bestowed on her a clear goal in life and strengthened her dream of buying a house for her parents in future.
Ritesh - Finding Fanny
As you watch Rang Rage artist Ritesh give his signature touch to a design, you would think he is meant for this skill. But it was a lot complicated than that. Rang Rage honed his sketching skills and developed them into contemporary design skills. But what's his backstory?
The first seeds of art were sown in Ritesh's adolescent mind when he used to assist his father in a banner painting workshop. The father ran the workshop with a bunch of painters under him. Ritesh felt an instant acclivity for sketching. However, destiny had something else in store for him. With the introduction of cheap flex printing machines, his father's workshop closed down. His father then switched to a construction business. By this time, Ritesh's initial interest in sketching had grown into a full-blown passion. However, he did join his father's business, half-heartedly.
If you are a fan of Indian Cinema, you would think Ritesh's life has been no less dramatic. As he struggled to master the construction business, his girlfriend's parents gave him an ultimatum. Get a decent job, or you lose the girl. In his desperation to find a job, he stumbled upon a classified given by Rang Rage. For Ritesh, now 24, it was like finding Fanny.
Rang Rage discovered his fondness towards peacock features and Arabic art forms. The team showed him the kind of designs that artists across the world were painting. Rang Rage motivated him to combine various art forms and styles to create unique apparel designs. Thanks to Rang Rage, Ritesh's love story met a happy ending while his love affair with art continues.
Nidhi- A housewife regains her lost passion.
A girl's life in India takes a 360-degree turn when she gets married. Nidhi's life was no exception. Even if she grew up honing her painting skills, she couldn't take her art to another platform after her marriage. Rang Rage, thus, came like a happy ray of light. 40-year-old Nidhi is today a promising artist – something that she realized when she started painting for the company.
Nidhi in her youth mesmerized her neighbours and relatives by her beautifully designed pillow covers and bed sheets. But responsibilities after her marriage took over her time and she just think of further enhancing her skills. The only let-out in her art life was teaching some painting to her child.
When she came to Rang Rage, she had mixed feelings of thrill and jitters. Would she be able to paint after 20 years? She had no idea, yet she decided to give it a try. Initially, when her hand-painted tees didn't turn out to be quite well, she thought she would be shown the door soon. But Rang Rage team continued to work with her off and on and motivated her to use her skills better. Encouraged by the team, she persevered and tried harder. Today her hand-painted tees are so desirable, they can make anyone go weak on the knees.
When Nidhi looks back, she recalls some wonderful memories of her experience with Rang Rage workshop. Her family is now supportive of her that adds to her confidence. To top that, she is financially independent.
Piyush- When opportunity knocked over a plate of Poha
Art is often a heritage that gets passed on from one generation to another. Piyush, a man with vivid art skills, inherited the artistic genes from his father. But just as art eludes popular culture in each generation, it gave Piyush a real tough time to finally take root. It was Rang Rage that watered this seed that has today become a rich tree capable of nourishing a family.
After completing higher secondary education, 24-year-old Piyush joined MPEB as a computer operator. Unlike many people of their early 20s, Piyush knew that he wanted to be a professional artist. However, the time wasn't quite right. And he couldn't enroll for any professional art degree, given the financial constraints.
Who knew he would land on another door of opportunity over a plate of Poha? In Indore, Poha – a staple meal eaten for breakfast – is often served on little pieces of newspapers. Piyush was having his breakfast in a usual-looking morning when he noticed the word 'artist' beneath the heap of Poha on the paper. He immediately scrapped the remaining contents and read the advertisement. Ever since he has never looked back. Rang Rage guided Piyush gently through the various genres of art designs. The team soon realized his style was flawless. All he needed was a focused direction. Rang Rage team nurtured his inclination towards vivid colours and designs and transformed him into an eclectic artist.
Today, he understands the apparels design market as much as he understands art. Not only that, he has become so stable in his income that he has got construction work started on the house of his dreams. Piyush is the pride of his family and one of the greatest assets of Rang Rage!
Rita - Getting a personality make-overRituPardeshi
Rita Pardeshi, fondly called Ritu, wrestled with her destiny of being a usual housewife to becoming an accomplished painter with a niche apparel design and home décor company. When Rang Rage found her through a hobby class, Rita had no idea that inside her was a remarkable artist waiting to be discovered. How did her life change all of a sudden?
Rita found herself struggling with mid-life crisis when she realized despite her responsibilities at home, she had plenty of time to kill. That's when she started questioning the purpose of her life. Many other housewives resort to kitty parties or social work when faced with the challenge of passing time. But Rita chose to pursue her long lost hobby – painting.
It is interesting what she had thought to be a medium of finding a purpose would lead her to a whole new meaning of life. Rang Rage, while looking for potential artists in a hobby class, found in her a true artist. Our team realized she had a flair for painting. Her every stroke had oodles of creative talent.
However, her thirst for learning did not end there. While working with Rang Rage, she was instantly taken up by the idea of taking her art across international boundaries. Rang Rage made a huge difference in her creativity by introducing her to contemporary techniques and designs of painting. Here's where she learnt that if art is personalized, it can be sold easily to potential customers. She feels that she owes her confidence and self-respect to Rang Rage. For Rita, joining Rang Rage was like getting a personality make-over.
Heena- Discovering new ambitions
While working with Mahindra in her early 20s, Heena would have never thought there could be another career option waiting on the other side of her life. Back then, she was a career woman who loved her job and was ready to take on any challenge. Little did she know that marriage responsibilities would be so endless that she would have to compromise.
Being a responsible housewife, 39-year-old Heena never opted for a full-time job. Yet, she had to quench that thirst of unwinding with her old companions – colours and brush. Diligently she would finish her day-to-day chores to find time for her hobby.
Good things come to those who wait. She waited until she discovered Rang Rage through a newspaper advertisement. Rang Rage team persuaded her to hone professional art and get the desire to aim higher in life. It took rigorous but consistent efforts from Rang Rage team for Heena to find there's a big world of art out there waiting to be explored. Through Rang Rage, she realized the longings of an inner artist and expanded her canvas. Well, quite literally. She now paints in different styles and experiments with new techniques.
She idolizes noted painter Late M F Hussain, who also hailed from Indore. With a new set of ambitions and financial back-up, she feels she is once again the daughter her mother was once proud of.
Gopesh - Debit routine job, credit art merchandize
A routine job of an accountant with zero scope of creativity can be anyone's normal life. Not for 35-year-old Gopesh who once loved art. After a hard day's work, he had to fight the urge of taking up palette and brushes that he grew up with. Here's when Rang Rage came to his rescue and made him see how he could still embrace his long-lost passion without compromising on his job responsibilities.
As a student in school, young Gopesh delved into painting banners and signboards in order to pay off his tuition money. What began as a means to an end soon became an inner urge, a reason to live. He was a resident of Dewas back then. But as it happens in nine out of 10 art stories, reality bit his life. In order to contribute in the finances of the house, he had to migrate to Indore to get a Bachelor's in Commerce.
Life soon became a set routine of going and coming back from the office of accountants. The artist hadn't died, but he was no less than comatose. Gopesh finally saw an oasis in Rang Rage – a team that creates a development ground for artists par excellence. Gopesh was reunited with his lost passion and today is a prolific artist at Rang Rage. He is an art designer and painter by night and an accountant by day.
Parag - A teen finds fun at Rang Rage
As unusual as it may sound to 19-year-olds, Parag has set an example for teens who usually idle away their time outside college canteen. Rang Rage succeeded in shaping his skills apart from sowing the seeds of sincerity and respect towards art. Not that Paragnever knew art, but that he didn't take it too seriously. Being born in a family of artistes, Parag inherited art. However, it took several wins in painting and drawing competitions in school for it to grow into a substantial interest. Painting became a favourite hobby. So Parag enrolled for a Bachelor's in Commerce since his long-term goal was to complete his MBA and become a corporate executive. When Rang Rage started working with Parag, we realized he had a knack for modern designs. His fresh ideas and his ability to learn fast bowled us over. As a result, we started working more on him, encouraging him to search on the Internet and keep challenging himself. No wonder thus that some of his designs today are particularly loved by the youth. And guess how he is using this pocket money earned from Rang Rage? He is saving it for his MBA course. He finds designing at Rang Rage more fun than hanging out aimlessly with college mates.
Bhavna - From a teacher to the Student of the Year
When we looked at her profile, we thought 28-year-old Bhavna would be hard to work with since she herself has been a teacher in school. Teachers, we all know, find it hard to receive instruction. We were pleasantly surprised however that Bhavna, now a housewife, was so flexible in experimenting. For Bhavna, on the other hand, Rang Rage became a confidence builder that renewed her ambitions in life. Bhavna has a natural flair for drawing and painting. Before her marriage, she had been a teacher using her skills of Masters in Arts. Fortunately for her that she also delved a bit into painting at the time. But as is the story of most married women in India, marriage came as a flood of endless responsibilities. Neither could she continue her job nor her hobby, being a dedicated homemaker that she was. Yet she missed painting badly. No wonder thus that she came to Rang Rage mentally prepared to learn and explore. We were proud to have her around as we loved showing her the finer nuances of art and merchandize designing. Our team was more than happy to transform her into a professionally trained artist. For her, the proudest moment was the receiving of her first salary that she had earned after many years of exile from a career. For us, she would always be our 'Student of the year'.
Monica - From an unsung cartoonist to a Lead Artist
Rang Rage artist Monica would not have thought in her wildest of dreams five years ago that a little stint in drawing cartoons would lead her to a career she had always dreamed of. Back then she was struggling to make her family understand her inherent talent of reproducing life on canvas. Little did she know that a creative and up-market design company - Rang Rage- was looking for unsung artists like herself. Rang Rage became the biggest turning point of her life. Of course it didn't happen overnight.
Before she hit the 'happily ever after' climax, her love story with art took several twists and turns. And just like all Indian love stories, she had absolutely no support – moral or financial – from her family. Nevertheless she decided to pursue her passion and enrolled for a Fine Arts course while shuffling between three different jobs. Here's when Rang Rage entered the scene and became the vast canvas where she would eventually paint a life of her dreams. This 25-year old artist was naturally talented in reproducing the elements of nature on paper. Rang Rageled her brush towards apparel art designing. This combination today produces apparel designs that are inimitable. She dreams of pursuing her Diploma in Fine Arts soon.When she is not working at Rang Rage, she teaches painting at an NGO.
Neha- When drawing doodles brought hope
For 22-year old Neha, Rang Rage became a means to look at the world beyond her unfulfilled dreams. Heart-broken from the disappointment of not being able to pursue medicine, Neha resorted to her old hobby of painting. She even became a Henna artist to support her family financially. Life seemed like an endless maze of trying to make ends meet. Thus when Rang Rage took her to the workshop, she realized there was still hope for her. In school, drawing doodles in her notebook used to be her favourite pass-time. She would often try to re-draw artsy pictures published in newspapers, as a child. But while growing up, 22-year-old Neha became confident her heart really was in Medicine. She wanted to be a doctor. But financial reality struck and she was forced to abandon the expensive dream. So she settled into making money from her hobby – painting and drawing. Since she had learnt Henna art as a child, she started hobby classes of teaching the same. She had to be content with this little financial contribution she was making in the family. In the meantime, she also enrolled for a less expensive course in Interior Designing. But Rang Rage gave her a break she would never regret. Introduced by a fellow painter, Neha finally started feeling good that she finally had a job.
Sujata- Finding joys on canvas
In her childhood days, young Sujata and her friend painted and drew together for fun. Somehow these memories became ingrained in her. Rang Rage ended up reviving these memories that acted as a balm in her life. She has always been an artist but life's sorrows had swept away her desire to draw. We didn't realize that in the process of letting Sujata try contemporary designs, we were giving her a new purpose of living.
43-year old Sujata's world tumbled down when she lost her husband suddenly. Before this, her life was content and revolved around him and her kids. Faced with a harsh reality such as this, she struggled to find a purpose in life. Despite immense support from her family, she continued to lose self-confidence and became depressed.
She even had forgotten that she was an artist who loved painting in her childhood days with her best friend. During her graduation, she had designed and painted thermocolcut-outs for party decorations. She had even studied painting through a diploma after her graduation.
But losing her husband made her numb from all good things in life. Thanks to a fellow painter, Sujata met Rang Rage team and felt a strange sense of hope. She got connected with her childhood hobby of painting again. And before she knew it, the colours from her canvas had spilled out into her life. She believes Rang Rage helped to fill the void of her life.
Shefali - Smiling Beauty
Shefali smiles all the time. And why not! She is just 21, has a serious job as an artist and her parents are proud of her. Moreover, her employers – Rang Rage – are always ready to let her fine-tune her skills. Rang Rage team is allowing her to try out a variety of techniques and is ready to take her to the next level.
Shefali is a student of Fine Arts and before Rang Rage, she often wondered where her choice of career would take her. Even the most professional courses today like engineering or management , struggle to place all their students in good jobs. Without worrying about this, Shefali still took up art.
And after meeting Team Rang Rage, she felt proud of her choice. Now the future didn't look as bleak as before. The team worked with her for a long time in order to further enhance her skills in painting and drawing. She became such a good learner soon that the team is now ready to take her skill to the next level. Even before graduating from college, this 21-year old has a job. Her parents are particularly proud of their daughter's decision of taking up art.
Manisha - Feeling complete
A primary school teacher who kept alive her passion through her art school at home, Manisha had settled down unrecognized. Of course she had a husband who became her art critic to help her improve and her art students to support, Manisha still hadn't found an apt due to her talent. Rang Rage came into her life as a challenge and a door to the commercial side of art.
Life revolved around two schools and her family for 31-year-old Manisha when she married a loving man. In her art school at home, Manisha also loved to teach art zealots and kids the finer nuances of painting and drawing. Exhausted from the day's work, every night Manisha felt life was good. Rang Rage changed her way of thinking and made her see that life can be better.
One of the reasons why Manisha loves being at Rang Rage is that she feels her art is reaching out to people she doesn't know. Her art is going to places she hasn't seen. Little wonder that Rang Rage has now become her passion. When she sees an assortment of merchandize related to home décor, fashion accessories and apparels bearing her designs, she gets a sense of accomplishment.
Manisha felt her joy was complete when she broke the news of her job to her father. For her the good old days of teaching art at IIFT Ajmer are back. The only difference is now she is actually painting, not just teaching.
Rachna - A world to belong to
A relative who worked as an artist in a design house of apparels and home décor, introduced 35-year-old Rachna to a place where everyone painted and got paid for it. For Rachna, this was strange. As long as she could recall, she only got awards and certificates for art and painting, back in school. She had not heard of artists getting their due. Thus seeing artists at work in Rang Rage, she felt like this was the world where she truly belonged.
Rachna's life always revolved around her household. She had been a housewife for many years and had almost lost the track of time. She had forgotten how many times she had received awards and recognitions for her painting and art as a school kid. She barely remembered that she was so adept at clay painting.
All these memories came to the shore of her mind when she visited Rang Rage for the first time. Rang Rage, on the other hand, decided to use her forte and work on her skills closely.
- Ritu Shagokar
Ritu Shagokar - When art was re-kindled
Young Ritu loved to accompany her painter father to his studio. As a child, she loved to copy his art work on paper. As a result, she grew up receiving many awards and certificates in numerous drawing competitions. But coming from a conservative family, she was married off before venturing into a career. And before the seeds of art could take root, they withered in the dearth of nourishment. Rang Rage came as a gateway to a whole new space of art.
Ritu's heart ached for art again when she saw the majestic designs of her brother working at Rang Rage. She soon joined the workshop and discovered a whole universe of artistic designs that are not only challenging but also innovative. At Rang Rage, Ritu explored the vast expanse of various art forms and how they are made into personalized products.
Ritu's owes her newly found identity to Rang Rage. It has introduced a new lifestyle into her life. For her, pursuing the muse of her childhood and getting paid for it are the two incredible things that have come together.
Divya - The eat-drink-sleep art story
A housewife who loves painting is a common story at RangRage. And at first sight, Divya looks like one of them. But dig deeper and you will find a success story that continues to inspire even our team at Rang Rage.
It may look like the same old story of a woman in her early twenties getting married and getting busy in family responsibilities. Yet Divya stands out when you see her sketching at the time when the rest of the family members around her are watching television. She is distinguished from the moment you learn that she wakes up very early in the morning to finish her chores so she could return to painting.
Add to this some love and you have a beautiful story. Divya's husband has been very supportive throughout her journey with Rang Rage. When Rang Rage renewed her passion for art, 26-year old Divya faced a lot of restrictions from her family. So the mentors here gave her another option – work from home. She brings the merchandises at home and gets busy adorning them with her designs.
Rang Rage had given her such a hope that she was not ready to let it go. Thus through much courage and determination, she managed to convince her family to let her continue the job. Apart from financial back-up and recognition, Divya feels that Rang Rage has taught her to be assertive. She is now considering studying Fine Arts formally.
Manish - Not purposeless anymore
When Manish couldn't stay in a call center and a few other jobs, his father - who is a retired central industrial security force employee – pushed him to join their grocery store in Khargone. Due to his lack of seriousness, this 26-year-old youth had almost thought he might end up selling groceries all his life. When he followed the lead of a newspaper advertisement and walked inside Rang Rage, he was surprised to see the hard work of the team as well as the artists. He felt like working with all his might for the first time. Indirectly, Rang Rage made him a serious professional. Hailing from Khargone district, Manish was the typical Indian boy without much concern for a career nor a sense of ambitions. He just wanted to live his life according to what came by. This approach worked for sometime but often failed until he realized he was not heading anywhere. After coming to Rang Rage, Manish saw for the first time what it felt to be a sincere worker, a passionate artist. His now dead interest in painting was resurrected at once. The environment at Rang Rage completely transformed his approach towards life. When you see Manish at work in Rang Rage, it's hard to believe that once he was purposeless. His heart has found new dreams and ambitions. He is determined to become a son that his father would be proud of. Team Rang Rage is ensuring he achieves this sooner.
Shubha - An uncontrollable imagination finds expression
For 19-year-old Shubha, imagination didn't have boundaries. He found several expressions of his own imagination. He became adept at singing, classical dance and painting. He had unquenched artistic muses that needed to be addressed. Through a newspaper advertisement, he walked into Rang Rage and found a perfect stage of his artistic performance. Rang Rage crafted him to be a productive artist who now has a distinct entity and a sense of pride in his work. Shubha had won many prizes at national level in dancing and singing. He had even performed at the National School of Drama. However, he found it hard to settle into one form of art. So he took to teaching art at a government institution. Soon uncertainty set in and he became disillusioned again. His uncontrollable imagination finally found a canvass. It was Rang Rage. Team Rang Rage struggled initially to guide Shubha and make him understand the various styles and techniques of painting to make a product saleable. Shubha tried his level best to adapt to the new environment. Both were determined to never give up. Their joint efforts finally bore fruits and Shubha became a productive artist. Team Rang Rage continued to work on his art form and patiently guided him towards painting better. Being the only earning member in his family, Shubha was hard- pressed to get better and better. Today Shubha comes at the workshop excited to try something new. He is very good at clay painting of deities. In addition, he has comfortably settled into the styles of Rang Rage. His heart's desire is to open an Art Institute in future. And Rang Rage team does its best to nurture this dream.
Mohit - A temple artist finds recognition in Rang Rage
What could have been more sacred than painting the walls and courtyards of temples with art? But 33-year-old Mohit discovered another temple – a place where the work of his hands became the object of his worship. Rang Rage led him to discover that while silently doing your job well is a humble gesture, it is equally important to get recognized for that work. Mohit quit school in the 7th grade. He had not known a better passion in life than painting. Aptly, he decided to make painting his profession. But where would he paint? Would he earn something from it? The answer came in the form of temple painting assignments. He embraced fate as God's will. Yet the income was meager, he had to travel constantly in search of more work and had to live away from his family. His savior came in the form of a Rang Rage artist who took him to the workshop. Here's where Mohit discovered a whole new world where a friendly team of artists helped each other in learning newer nuances and earned money in the process of painting. So far an unknown artist, Mohit found not only work satisfaction but also a due recognition. Today he finds himself a completely transformed man with new aspirations. He wishes to paint a film set some day. With the recognition that Rang Rage bestowed on him, he is confident to achieve all his ambitions too.
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Monica Kimtee- Dreaming higher, dreaming more
For a Fashion Design graduate like Monica, life couldn't get better. She found immense satisfaction in teaching students various styles of drawing and painting in a hobby class that she herself owned. Through a supportive father before marriage and an encouraging husband later, Monica's life was near perfect. But with Rang Rage, Monica discovered that there was no end to learning. For the first time, she felt there was so much she needed to improve in fabric painting. Earlier, Monica was her father's son. After graduating in Fashion Designing, she decided to join her father in running his garments business. She became the designer while her father was in charge of the manufacturing process. Together they made a fantastic team. Encouraged by her success in the design, she also opened her own art institute and began teaching. She continued this art hobby class even after marriage. Monica was efficient at household chores since she had an excellent let-out in her hobby class. She was happy she didn't have to compromise on her passion. While life was smooth, there was no challenge left in it. Rang Rage decided to challenge Monica to paint in different surfaces and see the results. She soon realized she badly needed this exposure. Through constant efforts from Rang Rage team and herself, she succeeded in improving her fabric painting. Today Monica has a great source of income through her art. She is now so confident that she wishes to encourage her daughter to pursue a career in art as well.
Shimpy - When Rang Rage became the Alma Mater
The biggest challenge that the Indian youth face today is either to be certain of a career choice and sell it to their parents or pursue a career of their parents' choice. No wonder most of the youth here are constantly under pressure. Not Shimpy. She is thankful that she found a teacher and mentor in Rang Rage that guided her at a tender age towards a choice of career even her parents are convinced of.
When 23-year-old Shimpy walked into Rang Rage workshop, she was like any other college girl and confused about what to do with her life. She took up painting as a hobby and Rang Rage became the perfect platform for the same. Little did she know that this seemingly simple decision would create a turning point in her life.
Rang Rage fine-tuned her brush and encouraged her to experiment. With much hard work on her part and perseverance from Rang Rage mentors, Shimpy became a valuable apparel and home décor design artist. Her financial perks have given her so much confidence now that she has decided to take art as a full-fledged career. Moreover, her parents are happy enough to let her pursue her dreams.
Aanchal - Getting a stage for creativity
Imagine how suffocating it can be for a 35-year-old housewife who was born with creative genes, to keep living life without indulging her urge to create. Aanchal managed the unthinkable for a very long time. That is, until she came in contact with Rang Rage. Rang Rage gave her the recognition her heart longed for, and a stage to let her creativity perform.
Every morning when she would wake up, Aanchal had a list of chores to do. Being a middle-class housewife in India, you are not blessed with housemaids or machines. Doing the same routine work day after day, Aanchal completed everything quickly. This gave her a lot of time to kill. She longed for her old-time companion – art. She did paint to amuse herself but had neither any feedback to improve nor a motivation to keep working on.
At Rang Rage, her art found voice. She could now paint with a clear purpose and get instant feedback on the results. RangRage introduced her to merchandize painting and opened a whole new world of opportunities for her. More than money, her motivation comes from the recognition she received at Rang Rage.
Antara- I can be a noted artist too
Antara is an example of big dreams in small cities. When she saw her brother create exquisite works of art, she felt inspired. Back in school, she found a mentor in Shankar Shinde who often steered her creativity towards art. But it was Rang Rage that finally gave her a substantial ground to balance her creativity and financial needs.
Young and fresh dreams inspire us at Rang Rage. Antara, barely 19, is like such a dream for us. For someone who grew up idolizing an exceptionally talented elder brother, the world of art looked unreachable. So she continued to observe other artists during exhibitions. She met Team Rang Rage in one such exhibition and got instantly excited to start work.
Rang Rage gave her confidence in two ways: it persuaded her to be an artist and made her financially independent. Antara now bears her own expenses apart from experimenting with newer techniques of art.
Antara is now convinced in her heart that she can actually be a noted artist, what with her designs already reaching international market.
Tanya - Testing art theories
We, at Rang Rage, often get excited to have students of Fine Arts work for us. Here's where we have the opportunity to give them a testing ground for the theories they have learnt at school. It was a pleasure for our mentors to help Tanya experiment. A keen learner herself, Tanya today is one of our most prolific designers. Rang Rage became her practical laboratory of art where she could practically test her lessons.
When one of Rang Rage artists introduced Tanya to our workshop, she had no idea what to expect. She was already pursuing a Bachelor's in Fine Arts from an eminent college. Moreover, she had grown up watching her father create exquisite designs on glass. Yet, she soon realized there was so much that Rang Rage could offer in terms of learning more and more facets of art. She became an ardent artist that Rang Rage was happy to have.
Tanya, whose poster had been selected by the Indore Traffic Division for their annual calendar, feels wonderful that she has already started earning from her choice of career.
Nalini - Practising art as a science
One of the many blessings of being a Science graduate is that it gives you a methodical approach to everything. However, 36-year-old Nalini decided to apply this approach to her art. She delved into clay art, sketching and wood work before getting married and settling down in Indore. But life took a different turn and she had to abandon her art in a bid to help her family financially. Rang Rage came to her rescue and managed to kill both of her problems with one stone – giving her a job as an artist.
For a creative person like Nalini, forgetting all about art was heart-breaking. Yet she started teaching Math and Hindi in a primary order to contribute into her family financially. The rest of her time was divided between household chores and her children.
After reading an advertisement of Rang Rage, Nalini saw a ray of light into her life. She was happily surprised that her art background afterall wouldn't go in vain. Rang Rage encouraged her to keep practicing her forte – paintings of Hindi deities. That became a design style in itself. She excelled in her art form while Rang Rage also became a great source of earning.
Nalini's designs today are a fad and Rang Rage makes sure she gets her due.
Yash - A rare combination of art and product design
At a very young age, Yash has a hang of art as well as its selling. He is a rare combination of an artist and a product developer who knows how to paint and source the basic product. His several talents met Rang Rage which is always excited to provide a breeding ground for young and fresh ideas.
And 24-year-old Yash did come as a breath of fresh air for us. His background both surprised and amused us. While his parents wanted him to pursue Pharmacy, he was eventually admitted into a course in dentistry. But Yash was a man of heart and art. He chose a B.Sc in Fashion Design from NIFD. He also went on to do his MA in Fine Arts.
Since he had a strong fondness for design and a great sense of style, he started job at a garments company, overlooking the designing of Men's and Kids' wear.
He had heard about Rang Rage from a friend. Finally curiosity about painting on tees brought him to Rang Rage. He was so thrilled by the work and mentoring at Rang Rage, that he became ready at once to start learning to paint on tees, despite his rich experience in product design. After initial struggles, Yash finally got the hang of it so much so that he is now part of product development and sourcing.
For Yash, everyday at Rang Rage is a new day, a new challenge.
At 23, Satish has diversified interests. He is a trained dancer from Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. He is passionate about visual design. He is an accomplished painter. But the question was which of these interests could get him closer to his dream of owning a garment shop. Rang Rage answered the question instantly when Satish responded to a newspaper advertisement and came to the workshop. Joining Rang Rage changed his life and gave him a renewed hope in his long-time dream.