In January 2016, while going on a Mumbai local, artist painter Reva Pandit saw a lady watching out of the window. She continued gazing at her and the lady really wanted to signal “What’s up?” Pandit strolled up to her and advised her something that transformed her point of view towards herself.
The two exchanged telephone numbers and Pandit chose to paint Harindran’s face simply like the one in the work of art. The outcome was awe-inspiring and it changed the way she took a gander at herself on account of her dark skin.
“For the first time, someone had called me Kali (capitalized, meaning the goddess Kali) and I felt nothing but proud. I had spent my whole life feeling sorry about being called kali and never once thought that I could just think of it as being like goddess Kali. Reva needed to walk into my life with a smile and tell me that I looked like her interpretation of Kali,” wrote Harindran.
Pandit told the lady, Seema Harindran Puthyapurayil, a Mumbai-based software designer, “The reason I was staring at you is because I drew this picture a while ago, from my imagination, and she looks exactly like you.”
She demonstrated her the photo and Harindran ‘flipped’. “It was an intricate, mesmerizing, black and white sketch of a lady, who looked a lot like me even in the absence of colour. The same wide nose, large eyes, long chin and m-shaped hairline,” she wrote.
Body painting, or sometimes termed as bodypainting, is a type of body craftsmanship. Not at all like tattoo and different types of body workmanship, body painting is makeshift, painted onto the human skin, and goes on for just a few hours, or at most (on account of mehndi or “henna tattoos”) around two weeks. Body painting that is constrained to the face is known as face painting. Body painting is additionally alluded to as (a type of) “temporary tattoo”; extensive scale or full-body painting is all the more normally alluded to as body painting, while littler or more definite work can here and there be alluded to as impermanent tattoos.
Body painting with clay and other common shades existed in most, if not all, tribalist societies. Frequently worn amid ceremonies, despite everything it gets by in this old structure among the indigenous individuals of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and parts of Africa. A semi-lasting type of body painting known as Mehndi, utilizing colors made of henna (subsequently likewise referred to rather incorrectly as “henna tattoo”), was and is still practiced in India and the Middle East, particularly on women.