Motivation behind becoming an artist

I was always good at drawing and painting right from my earlier school days. I would always be more than willing to assist my schoolmates in their assignments. I must have got my artistic inclinations from my mother who was an A grade classical singer on All India radio for more than 50 years and she always encouraged me. It was only after I had given up my competitive badminton after college that I went to my first love …painting. I had completed my economics in college and went on to do my masters in Art and Painting in 1988. By this time I had already started exhibition my work. My work was appreciated by the legendary art collectors like Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur and Jamshedji Bhabha of the TATA sons. From then on it was a journey I felt was decided for me. It has been a satisfying one which has given me not only monetary benefits but also respect and strength to deal with whatever came my way..it has truly given me great experiences..