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  Smt. Vandana Dayal  Indian Folk and Fine Artist from Singapore   Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to st...


Smt. Vandana Dayal 

Indian Folk and Fine Artist from Singapore


Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this Art Journey?

I was born in Agra and my home had a very academic environment. However, Art was valued in our family/community. I was a good student and did my post-graduation in Physics and also learnt to paint, sing and play the tabla while growing up.

After getting married, I moved to Delhi and started teaching physics in school and got busy with my job and kids. Whenever I found the time, I tried to pursue my hobby in arts.

While I had a long career of teaching Physics in Delhi and Bangalore, I also was in charge of art related activities in school. I simply loved interaction with my students.

We moved to Singapore in 2016, due to my husband’s job and that’s when I decided to take a pause in my career as a Physics teacher. So I started learning Painting by formally joining a studio. Amazed by the depth and variety of styles, I found myself immersed in it full time.


Q2. Kindly share some information about your Arts, products and services here.

I have exhibited my work in more than 20 exhibitions worldwide and had several thousand people see, comment on and admire my work. While I began exhibiting in Singapore, over time I travelled to exhibitions across Europe (Finland & Sweden) and India (Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai among others).

Most of the time, I donate all or part of my work in a way that the proceeds go to charity or towards helping people with urgent needs. When the lockdowns in India began, I auctioned some of the work and the proceeds were donated within India to daily wage earners. Recently, another piece was donated so that the buyer donated money towards a child cancer patient in Singapore. 

I do feel proud of my work going to private art collectors in the UK, US, Europe, Singapore and India. And it opens my horizons to network with renowned international artists from Europe, India and Australia . The real joy comes from the photos I get from the charities that receive money and use it to feed people that need help or provide medical attention to those in need. 



Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing your arts?

The idea of free online classes came to me during COVID-19 pandemic when all over the world people were stuck in their homes due to circuit breakers & lockdowns. Many people I spoke with were feeling lonely, getting depressed and dealing with uncertainty. 

In my own experience, I had moments of crisis in the past, and shifting my focus away from the situation into art was what helped me unlock new emotions. That’s when I decided to reach out and help them express themselves creatively. 

Art is not something that’s traditionally taught online because of the tactile and visual nature of lessons and feedback. But it was the only possible way when people were stuck at home. So the hardest part was teaching online, to make sure that the content and enthusiasm stayed intact. 

Q4. Are you an Art Entrepreneur?

Yes and No. I’m more of an artist and less of an entrepreneur. Most of what I do is free and anything I sell, I donate at least 50% to charity.


Q5. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties?

Online teaching has its own challenges and a lot of my students (especially those in my age group) are tech challenged. Creating an online-only syllabus, keeping everyone engaged via Zoom, muting students when necessary and responding to all the queries were some of my initial problems. 


Q6. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

I have always been fascinated by folk arts. They tell us a lot about the history and culture of that region. So many stories, experiences and motifs of that region are embedded into the images. And so I chose a folk art style so that people also gently open their minds and hearts to more cultures. 

But the main reason is practicality. During lockdown many people did not have access to paints, brushes and other materials. Madhubani is one Indian folk art that one can even do with pencil or ball pen, that everyone has at home. Some of my students did not even have paper at home but they could practice at the back of envelopes and newspapers. The beauty of Madhubani is not only through paints and colors but also from the intricate line drawing. I found it most appropriate for these times. 


Q7. How have you empowered other people?

Everyone who joins has fascinating and inspiring stories of their own. For example, one of my students is a cancer survivor, and has given me very touching feedback. These classes and focusing on art has helped her forget her pain and given her new hope. 

There are other students who are managing depression, physical pain and bereavement by shifting their focus on art for a few hours each week. And when they share their art and work on their social media and among their contacts, I think it inspires thousands of people to imagine possibilities and escape from the moment. 

Many of my students have learnt to paint face masks and some are able to sell them and sustain themselves.


Q8. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

I have a waiting list of 300 people for my next batch starting in Oct. I’ll continue as long as I can and have willing students. These classes give me enormous satisfaction and fulfilment. 

As the numbers grow, I hope to also get connected to more social enterprises and charities in Singapore. It is a joy to be useful, and if there’s something I can do to help important causes, I’d like to keep expanding on those aspects. 



Q9. How would you advice/suggest new artists/entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain?

My first advice is that they should get into this field if they love art, have the sensibility of an artist and like to help people. It takes time to build a name as an artist. Be prepared to learn continuously, experiment and adapt to changing needs and trends.


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Interviewed By : Ms. Nisha Nikam Bhagwate

Editor - Interior Vista e-Magazine
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