Artist Rouble Nagi is changing the face of slums and empowering people

Updated: Jul 08, 2020, 17:53 | Sunny Rodricks
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    Rouble Nagi was born in 1980 in Jammu and Kashmir. An artist by profession, Nagi specialises in sculptures, art installations, and paintings. After completing her undergraduate studies in political science, she later studied fine art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Besides, she also studied European Art at Sotheby's London.

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    Nagi has expertise in 33 different mediums that include Ceramic, Glass, Tile Mosaics, Bronze, Stain Glass, Paint, Metal Relief (Brass, Copper, Aluminum) Ceramic Tiles, Marble, Fibre, etc. Her predominant work includes sculpture and mural work.

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    She is the founder of NGO Rouble Nagi Art Foundation. Under this initiative, the slums in Pune were painted with an aim to change the mindset of people.

    In photo: Nagi poses for the lenses in a printed salwar suit. The green and white pearl necklace adds to her look.

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    Talking about the initiative to paint the slums, Rouble Nagi had said her main aim was to connect to these people through art. "Our main aim is not to colour the walls but to bring a change in their mindset."

    In photo: Rouble Nagi celebrated International Women's Day with 650 plus women in Parvati Hill, Janta Vasahat in Pune, and donned a saree in Marathi style. 

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    In photo: Rouble Nagi looks elegant in a yellow saree with a bright pink blouse. The neckpice, gajra and red bangles add grace to the social activist's look. 

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    Rouble Nagi is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed artist with over 800 murals, over 150 exhibitions across the world to her credit. She is a member of the India Design Council (IDC) and is one of the pioneers to start Mumbai beautification with 'Art Installations' around the city. 

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    As an artist, Rouble Nagi promotes young and talented artists from India and overseas. Her NGO, the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation, also conducts art workshops throughout India with over 32 Balwadis in Mumbai.

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    In this photo, Rouble Nagi dons a white, soft netted saree with a light blue blouse. The sleeves of the blouse make her stand out in this look. 

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    Her Design Studio in Mumbai celebrates art, fuels creativity, enhances spaces, and gives inspiration. According to her website, the design studio is committed to promoting excellence and genuine quality in art.

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    She believes that art is not only an enriching factor of life but also essential to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Therefore, aesthetic beautification of spaces with artworks and installations is something that they take seriously.

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    From her pictures, it seems Rouble Nagi has an inclination towards white colour, especially when it comes to the ethnic looks. The golden border on this saree and her quirky purse add to this ethnic look.

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    In this pink saree with an embellished border, Rouble Nagi shows off her mehendi during an event she attended. The golden bangles, light earrings, and minimal make-up make her look surreal.

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    "Blessed to be working in Sai babas divine city Shirdi. Misaal Mumbai is beautifying the entire city with Art and Sculptures. Rouble Nagi Art Foundation will be opening the Balwadi and Skill centre soon for Education and Employment," Nagi said on Instagram, while posing against a wall with artwork.

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    Rouble Nagi's initiative 'Misaal Mumbai' is the first slum painting initiative in the country where she has painted over 2,000 houses. Her paintings are bought by corporates, celebrities, and museums among others.

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    For the Diwali celebrations, Rouble Nagi looked radiant in a plain white saree with polka dots. The shining bindi and earrings added to her simple, yet classy look.

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    "Empowering women empowers humanity...We have to leave no one behind to achieve the goals.. If empowered, the hand that rocks the cradle can surely rule the world, complementing, contributing, creating a better tomorrow for everyone," Rouble Nagi said on the ocassion of Women's Day. 

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    Rouble Nagi shared this picture after one of her art installations was displayed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum. In the picture, Nagi can be seen with former President Pranab Mukherjee.

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    In photo: Artist Rouble Nagi poses with BJP leader Poonam Mahajan and Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

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About The Gallery

Mumbai-based Rouble Nagi is a woman with a plethora of talents. Artist, muralist, painter and social worker are few of the facets of her illustrious yet colourful life. From giving slums a facelift to promoting young and talented artists from India and overseas, Nagi has been there and done that. As she turns a year older today, here's a look at her journey in pictures.

(All photos: Instagram Rouble Nagi)