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Following their passion: 5 Kashmiri women artists you must follow on Instagram


Kashmiri women have been writing poetry, making intricate designs and creating art long before Habaaa Khatoon wandered in the mountains, lamenting and singing her heart out.

Today popular social medium Insagram is where these Kashmiri women have been breaking the creative barrier, one artwork at a time.



She’s an artist who paints like she’s writing poetry. The stokes in her artworks are as bold as the daughters of Vitasta. She uses different mediums to create these works of art. A lot of her artistic work focuses on life forms and culture.

There is a dominance of the female form in her work, sometimes staring defiantly, sometimes disturbing.

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Jasia Iqbal

A student of business, this self taught Kashmiri artist is an online business owner. Her forte being landscape, her human potraits and customised paintings are what drives her business.

Having no professional training, Jasia’s work is refined, yet raw. Her artistic work takes from what she recognises as “rich culture of Kashmir”


Maria Shahmiri 

A student of applied art at the Kashmir University, Maria’s thought process allows her to work with positiveness. She is very conscious of the politically charged environment she’s living in, and that is reflected in her work.

Maria recently was part of the team that made the much talked about graffiti, under a bridge in Srinagar, and briefly covered with ugly sandbags by the military.


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Hina Aarif 

A graphic designer and a visual artist, Hina has a bachelors degree in applied art from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and a masters in the same course. Hina’s work aims to disturb, she questions, though her work, the reasons for the pain and the love. Her work is politically loaded, sometimes in your face, like smudging the blood from the street on your face to wake you up.

Her work follows dichotomy, akin to the lived realities of her people. Soothing music, often overlapping burning faces, like tulip gardens over mass graves. She works on human rights violations and her art has been exhibited and sold in Perth, Australia.


Maria Mehraj

This artist has a different way of expressing her ideas. Face and body painting is her forte. Maria uses paint on body to create illusions and trick the brain.

Apart from pencil sketches, Maria experiments with art that challenges popular perception of what is real, taking the viewer to “another place or time”.


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