Hi, I am Chitra.
Discovered anything called art in me for the first time was when I was six when I scribbled a portrait of my father on a piece of paper which with great pride he used to carry around in his wallet. After schooling, just couldn’t keep up with my parent’s dreams of becoming a doctor. Ended up graduating in English Hons. As the saying goes ‘Men will do rational thing only after exploring all other alternatives’ goes absolutely right for me. As the last resort I took to my natural talent which was – ART. Joined Shankar’s Academy of Art, New Delhi. That’s my gang.
Portraiture was what I was crazy for did that of celebs, only to learn during my art education that portraiture was considered the lowest form of art as it involves only copying and is restricted to just skills and no creativity. So had to get my act together towards creativity so came book illustrations, graphics, print designing, oil painting and web designing.
Began my career as a trainee designer in Business Standard newspaper then Hindustan Times. Set up own online art gallery in 1997, the first of its kind and flunked much sooner. Move to web designing so joined a startup online company called delhigossip.com then go4i.com both companies could survive so moved to Indian Express Online, worked with them for five years and quit as the Head of it in 2005.
Met Raj in 2005 got married and moved to Germany. Mother of two lovely children now. Thank you God for giving me Ayshani and Yash. And wonderful Raj.