Madhubani artist's handpainted cotton face masks for Rs 50 go viral
The response has been so overwhelming that Remant Kumar Mishra said he received over 300 calls in a day
With no end in sight to coronavirus, the Union Home Ministry had issued guidelines making face masks mandatory and social distancing to be practiced at all times. While several people have lost their livelihood due to the COVID-19 crisis, there are many others who are supporting people so that they are able to meet ends need.
A Madhubani artist from Bihar has gone viral on social media for all the right reasons. Madhubani artist Remant Kumar Mishra, who was unable to earn a livelihood due to the coronavirus pandemic, started making handpainted face masks.
From a friend..— à¤ÂÂÂÂ à¤¦à¥ÂÂÂÂà¤µà¥ÂÂÂÂà¤¤à¤¾ à¤ÂÂÂÂà¤¾à¤²à¤¾ #StayHome ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ· (@AdvaitaKala) July 5, 2020
Dear Friends ....A poor Madhubani painter in Bihar ....reached out for help ...he said that he can send these masks by courier ....each three layered cotton mask costs âÂÂÂÂ¹50/-.
He can be contacted at 9899429912 - Raman Kumar Mishra....ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ Pls share & support pic.twitter.com/xZZyY9Ifkc
Though he found few buyers, but as the news about the award-winning artist barely able to make ends meet went viral on social media, several netizens came forward to purchase face masks made by him. Writer and activist Advaita Kala took to Twitter to share the news and even shared the number of the Madhubani artist.
sir ji mai phone ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ mi bhut jabab denha para logo ko mai savi aram say phone karunga kirpya time digyi aj muge total 300 call atend karna par ha hai pic.twitter.com/PCDL3Llwk7— Remant Kumar mishra Airtist (@remantkumarmish) July 5, 2020
In her post, Kala mentioned that Mishra was selling handpainted face mask for Rs 50 and would even courier it to his customers. She further said that the masks have hand-painted Madhubani prints and each mask is made up of three layers of cotton clothing.
The response has been so overwhelming that Remant Kumar Mishra said he received over 300 calls in a day. He also said that he has been getting so many orders that he is unable to answer any calls.
One user who wanted to order a mask said, "The guy is not responding to messages and calls...How to order without communication?" Mishra said that he would call the customer himself after completing all the orders.
Mishra's work even earned him praises from Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon. She tweeted that the face masks are beautiful and she would be ordering a few for her.
These are beautiful! Ordering mine now! Raman Kumar Mishra ji ,à¤¬à¥ÂÂÂÂà¤¹à¥ÂÂÂÂà¤¤ à¤ÂÂÂÂ à¤ÂÂÂÂà¥ÂÂÂÂà¤ÂÂÂÂà¥ÂÂÂÂ! ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ» https://t.co/RpHEYZKVA1— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) July 5, 2020
Since being shared, the post has collected over 20,000 views and nearly 9,000 retweets.
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The artist took to Twitter to thank everyone for providing him and his village a source of income. Hundreds of users took to the comments section to share their views. One user wrote, "They are worth way more than Rs 50", while another said, "Positive aspect of Social Media." One comment read, "Beautiful workmanship and what an unbeatable entrepreneurial zeal."
Here's how Tweeple reacted:
They are worth way more than âÂÂÂ¹50— Hindustani ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂï¸ÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂ© (@_Hindustanii_) July 6, 2020
Positive aspect of Social Media— Ratan Sharda ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ®ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ³ (@RatanSharda55) July 6, 2020
à¤²à¥ÂÂÂà¤ÂÂÂà¤² à¤ÂÂÂà¥ÂÂÂ à¤µà¥ÂÂÂà¤ÂÂÂà¤² à¤ÂÂÂà¤°à¤¨à¤¾ à¤¹à¥ÂÂÂà¥¤ pls buy beautiful masks from Raman ji.— Vijay K Singh (@CAVijaySingh) July 5, 2020
this is really great, 'Rs. 50 per mask' with those beautiful #MadhubaniPaintings on it, I m going to order from him, nd also requesting others to do so, if they can@arunbothra@DrKumarVishwas@frp09@wizardT90@surajg1993 @shivamnow— a Dark Knight (@a_rising_symbol) July 5, 2020
Wow lovely mask ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ· @pragya_sethia Have a look ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ— Prajwal Busta (@PrajwalBusta) July 5, 2020
Beautiful workmanship and what an unbeatable entrepreneurial zeal. Kudos to the guy, thanks for sharing Advaita.— Wandering Wolf (@WanderingWolf2) July 5, 2020
I have placed the order . He is so lovely and a gentleman with down to earth attitude.— à¤®à¥ÂÂÂà¤ÂÂÂà¥ÂÂÂà¤¤à¤¾ à¤¸à¤¾à¤ÂÂÂà¤° (@mukta1912) July 5, 2020
They are really beautiful.— Dr. Upma Chaturvedi (@chaturvedi_upma) July 5, 2020
What do you think of these handpainted Madhubani print face masks?
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