Today we’d like to introduce you to NAGASRI THOTA.
Hi NAGASRI, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Hi, I’m T.Nagasri. Most people call me Sri. I’m a 22-year-old woman. I consider myself enthusiastic, and I love to explore new things, mostly myself, like my capabilities, likes, and thoughts. I am interested in many things like drawing, photography, and learning new skills. Drawing is one of my hobbies where I express many of my mixed feelings and emotions. It all started when I was 13 years old. I started scribbling randomly on paper, then I found that I was so fascinated with it, and I’m good at it, so I started drawing some objects and scenery. I usually draw by seeing art. Or sometimes, I draw on my own when I get these weird scenarios in my head. Most of the time, I express my actual feeling through my art. I got photography skills from my dad. He loves clicking pictures, and I started taking pictures like my dad. Then my uncle, a professional photographer, taught me how they were meant to be taken, and he made me learn new angles and a lot more things about cameras and photography. My dad has always supported me at all costs and is so dedicated and my inspiration. He wanted me to be an independent and strong woman. He respects my own decisions. He always used to say one thing: “You do whatever you like, and if everything goes well, then good and happy. If it goes wrong, you will get experienced by that, and remember, I will always be with you at every moment” that always gives me an extra bit of strength to fight with my problems and makes me believe in myself. I’m a pharmacy student, and I chose this path because I wanted to be a healthcare professional and serve people with good health. I am an A-grade student. I am good at handling people. I have a curiosity to learn different things, which I find interesting. I also create new hobbies to learn new things and also to know about my extent of the capability to learn. Drawing, listening to songs, reading books, and exploring nature helps me calm my mind to get fresh thoughts. I regularly satisfy my hobbies. So, I am a very positive person. My day starts and ends so positively. I always hide my pain from my friends and family because I don’t want them to worry about me. I faced a lot in my growing days, but the people around me never made me feel depressed for that. But I’m still thinking positively that I might achieve what I want to be one day.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s never been a smooth road for me, and no one believed at first that I could draw this well, and, literally, no one ever supported my art except my parents and my close friends. At first, people all used to call my art worthless, meaningless maybe. But I never stopped believing in myself and never gave up on learning new things. Most importantly, I never stopped drawing just because of their harsh words. Not only in drawing but even in my school life, I studied in a place where no one encouraged me and never considered my thoughts. But for one thing, I can be happy because my parents always supported me. I want to show the world who I am and what I am.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My work is all about drawing, and all my arts have different meanings and a story behind them. I usually draw mostly about women’s personalities, mental health, and love. Before starting my art about any mental health problem, I will get to know about it completely, and then I will start thinking from the place of people suffering from that because that gives me an idea of how to represent that exactly. I get inspired by a lot of different aspects. Sometimes I get ideas while watching a movie or a web series, or sometimes I get inspired by some other art. Sometimes I even draw about my feeling too. Drawing is like my stress buster. Most of the time, I relieve my stress by drawing, I’m frequently drawing these days, and I guess I have a lot of stress. While drawing, I used not only sketches, but I also drew using coffee and eyeliner.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
We faced a lot during the pandemic, most people started eating healthy and doing workouts, and we have changed our lifestyles completely. Not only physical health but mental health, as we lived in a strict lockdown, which is actually very depressing living inside the home for most of the time. So, most people started growing the plants for refreshment. Some people used the lockdown time so productive, and at the same time, many people lost their jobs too. During the pandemic, we learned how to maintain physical and mental health and maintain a routine. We spend our valuable time with our family members, and we get to know that health is the most important thing.