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Into The World of Art Through the Artistic Lens of Photographer Qhevika Swu from Nagaland

“It’s so fascinating how Photography can take you to a whole new world of its own.The amount of new things I learn from every shot I take, is truly exciting.” We chat with Qhevika Swu – a photographer from Nagaland, who has a growing fan base of people enamored by his artistic depiction of people and things around him. His portfolio shoots are even more eloquent. He brilliantly mixes somber and contemporary style of shooting, which he is now translating into cinematography as well. We chat with 25-year-old Qhevika Swu – the super talented, and much-admired photographer + cinematographer from Nagaland, as he takes us along his creative process and his portfolio. Hello Qhevika, so nice to finally get to chat with you. Please tell us more about yourself. Hi! I’m Qhevika Swu, I recently turned 25. I am a photographer based in Kohima but I’m originally from Mishilimi, Pughoboto Tehsil of Zunheboto district in Nagaland. I am currently exploring the world of photography and cinematography. I am a full-time freelance photographer climbing the ladder. What …

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This Petite Illustrator from Nagaland is Cracking People Up With Her Local Humor | Meet Lanu Tsudir – Creator of ‘The Midget’

  In the world of memes and Instagram reels, we found our little solace in Lanu’s Instagram page  “the______midget”, a page we discovered when someone from twitter shared her work. Not very long after that, we caught hold of her on Instagram and got chatting away but most of all who know her already will agree with us that her work is a dose of happiness and will leave you reminiscing about the bygone days and very ‘current mood’ instances. So, here we are, join us and get to know Lanu better.  We hope you enjoy scrolling through her work as much as we did. Meet Lanu Tsüdir, 28-year-old doodle artist from Kohima, Nagaland. With a Masters’s degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi, and taking a break at home in Nagaland, she is making her presence known during this quarantine through her webcomic ‘The Midget’ filled with unique local humor. We had a chat with her to know more about this awesome artist! Doodle artist Lanu Tsüdir from Nagaland Hello Lanu, please …

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“The Covid Pandemic Brought a Lot of Helplessness Initially, But Very Soon We Shifted to How We Can Help” ~ Artist Kenei Solo from Nagaland

  As we weather the COVID pandemic with fear, caution, and sometimes frustration, this post is to highlight how young people are doing their bit to help. We had an artist from Nagaland – Kenei Solo, reach out to us to inform about an initiative she had started with a bunch of artist friends to raise funds, with the aim to help individuals affected by the lockdown – and the pandemic at large. About the campaign: A doner needs to commission a portrait art from any of the eight participating artists for Rs. 500 and up. The doner gets the portrait and every rupee raised will go to ‘Green Team Kohima‘ – another small team of young people working hard to provide free ration and help to local people affected by the lockdowns. Commission a portrait to donate: A bunch of young artists from Nagaland started a fundraising initiative to donate to charities to aid them in their #COVID19 outreach helping families & individuals in need. Here’s what each artist has to say about why …

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“My Minimalist Way of Life Inspires My Tattoo Styles” Delhi-based Tattoo Artist Raghav

Raghav Sethi, a renowned tattoo-artist from Delhi, took to the art form 8 years. In a place where there’s still very limited awareness and knowledge about tattoo art, he worked hard to break out of the mold and make it big in the industry. Currently one of the top tattoo artists in the capital city, he runs his studio The Tattoo Shop. We had a quick chat with him about his work and how to make it big in the tattoo industry. Head to the link in bio or below to give it a read! Hey Raghav, thank you for chatting with us! We’re thrilled to have you. To start off, please introduce yourself to our readers. Hey, I’m Raghav Sethi. I am a full-time tattoo artist and I run the Tattoo Shop in Delhi. I am 27. What initially sparked your interest in tattooing? I had always been into sketching and drawing. Tattoo branched out of my love for drawing. It was only a natural progression from paper to tattooing, as and when I …

R&L Readers Share Their Highlights of 2019 and Hopes For 2020!

As the end of an arrives and the other begins, we tend to look back at our successes and failures, joys and sorrows. We set the agenda for the next one and reminisce the one gone by. For us at Roots & Leisure, 2019 has been an year of immense growth where we discovered a number of artists and interacted with people who inspire and create a positive community of changemakers. To wrap up the year, we spoke to some of our readers who share how their year turned out to be and what they expect for 2020. We hope you enjoy the end of the decade with some good stories, a warm cup of coffee, and a lot of love! Tap on the link in bio or below to read. Guse, Kohima (Currently in China)  The moment 2019 began I was like that’s it, I quit. All jokes aside, my life and lifestyle is constantly changing. From 2017 moving to a new country trying to settle in, 2018 trying to get more connected to …

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Meet Diana Sanasam, An Self-Taught Sketch Artist From Imphal, Manipur

“Before I knew ABCD…XYZ, I was drawing apples and everything I could draw”, says Diana Sanasam. Hailing from Imphal, she spent her childhood trying to sketch the images she saw in children’s books and has never lost touch with it since then! Working as an assistant manager, she comes home to work on a few sketches to relieve her stress and that is how she keeps improving and gaining more love for sketching. We had a talk with Diana as she tells us what inspired her and how she honed her skill of sketching. Hi Diana. Please introduce yourself. Hello, I am Diana Sanasam from Imphal, Manipur. I am the eldest and only daughter of three siblings. I love travelling and sports. And sometimes I SKETCH. I did my engineering in Electrical and Electronics from Chennai and completed my post-graduation from Anna University, Chennai. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? I am self-taught and I mostly sketch portraits using graphite medium. But I am eager to explore other mediums and digital art …

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DJ Lil’ Bomb Talks To Us About What Got Him Started As a DJ

Liden Longchari, famously known as DJ Lil’ Bomb, is an EDM DJ and Producer from Kohima, and was awarded as the Best Producer Nagaland Music Awards 2018. He has been performing in and around the northeast since 2015 in places such as the Hornbill Festival, NAJ Cosfest, WAF Music Festical MKG, AH1 Music Festival. Amidst his busy schedule, he took out time for a quick chat with R&L. We talk about how he got into music and what inspires him. Read below for all the scoops. Hi Liden. Please tell us something about yourself. Hello! My name is Liden Longchari, people call me Little Bomb. I am from Kohima but I’m currently staying in Dimapur, as a DJ/Producer under Infinity Inc. Label. I’ve been bouncing around doing gigs/shows and also producing music. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? I’m an EDM DJ and I also produce electronic music. I’ve always been  into electronic music. Back in 2014, when I came to know about a music festival known as Tomorrowland, the show/festival itself made a huge …

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Wojanbeni Yanthan, a Talented DIY Creator from Patkai, Nagaland, Shares Her Story

“We all have enormous potential in us, which can be unlocked when we allow ourselves to see the limitless in our limitations, the opportunities in our difficulties, the awesomeness in our uniqueness, and the possibilities in our impossibilities based on the simple truth that you and I are wonderfully made.” Wojanbeni, the creator of Homemish Crafts and Designs, believes in the art of DIY, and has a strong passion and affinity for creating things using her own hands. She talks to us about what made her pick this art up and how she is teaching other people the same. Scroll down for the full interview. Hello Wojanbeni. Please tell us something about yourself? Hi! I’m Dr. Wojanbeni S. Yanthan, an Assistant Professor by profession, a mother of two, and an avid DIY (Do it yourself) enthusiast. Born in the hills of Wokha and raised in Kohima, Dimapur, Jorhat, Bangalore, Kathmandu (Nepal) and now settled in the foothills of Patkai (Nagaland).I  have been blessed with one enriching upbringing. Growing up in different places and experiencing diverse …

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Meet Medophreno Shunyu, a Talented Sketch Artist From Kohima, Nagaland

Medophreno, from Kohima, is a self-taught sketch artist. Starting as early as when she was in 2nd grade, she’s honed her skills through rigorous and passionate practice. Her forte is sketching portraits but she enjoys experiment with different genres such as calligraphy as well. Talking about her work, she says, “through my art, I hope people see that we human beings are God’s masterpiece and we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Art has been a for of inspiration since her childhood, and she hopes her art can inturn, inspire people. Medophreno had a talk with us about her artworks. Read the full interview below. Hello Medophreno. Can you tell us a litle bit about yourself? My name is Medophreno Shunyii. I am 26 years old from Kohima, Nagaland. If I were to describe myself then it’ll be in just two simple words – an ambivert and an optimist. And I’m also a big foodie. I’m trying to make a career in the teaching field. Until then, I’m doing a lot of things I like, art being …

A Chat With Ashwin Chikerur – an Urban Sketcher and a Designer from Pune

Ashwin Chikerur from Pune has always been intrigued by art. As a child, he used to flip through his grandfather’s art books and as a grown-up, his love for his daughter started an exciting journey of quick sketches. Even though he was out of touch with art for a few years, he found his way back to what he truly loves. Today he is a visual designer and every Saturday,  he heads out with his group, Urban Sketcher Pune, no matter the weather and creates lovely watercolour sketches of his environment.  Hello, Ashwin it’s great to be able to have a chat with you. Please say hello to our readers.  Hello! My name is Ashwin Chikerur, I am currently residing in Pune. I would consider myself a passionate artist, driven designer, and an engineer (by mistake). I’m always drawn to things in the bracket of art and design and have been working in the creative industry for more than 17 years now. Tell us when sparked your interest in art. There were various parts of …