Sunday, 9 February 2014


          Usha, a post graduate in Sociology, and a banker by profession, is mainly recognized as a writer in Kannada all over Karnataka. She has published 20 books - 7 novels, 2 collections of short stories, 4 collections of poems (one in tulu) 3 collections of essays, 2 life histories, 1 travelogue, and an autobiography. Besides she edited nearly 10 books. She has bagged many literary awards. She was the president of Karnataka Women writers Association for 5 years. She was actively associated with many social service organizations.

         Till 2005 she never even dreamt of becoming an artist though art was her weakness during her growing up days. She could not pursue art seriously since other aspects of life kept her busy.
           She started painting at the age of 60 after she met with a near fatal road accident in 2005. She was confined to the bed for nearly six months with multiple fractures. At that time she started painting as a therapy to overcome the mental and physical trauma and it worked wonders to her. Since 2006 painting has become her passion.             
            Her paintings are exhibited in web galleries www.fineartamerica.com/usharai;
 Art lovers from all over the globe appreciate her works. She won some online competitions conducted by www.fineartamerica.com which boosted her spirits.
            Orange art gallery considered her as Artist of the month in March 2011; featured her as artist of the month in July 2011; interviewed her online during the days 19th to 25th July 2011 where many artists world wide could talk to her about her art. Her profile is featured as the artist of the month by www.artslant.com (India) in their news letter in August 2012. She has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UshaRaiPaintings and a bilingual blog http://usharai65.blogspot.in
             Some of her original art pieces and prints are sold through www.fineartamerica.com worldwide. One of her painting ‘Universe’ is purchased by a yoga center in US. ‘Musician’ is purchased by an American Lady in St Louis. Many of her art pieces adore the walls of art lovers in Karnataka, different cities in India, USA, England and Australia.
Art participation:
1.       Participated in 2 group shows – 2006
2.       Solo show at  Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat on 7,8,9 December- 2007
3.       Group show at Bangalore club on 7-8 November -2009
4.       Participated in a group show ‘Random Expressions’ on 16-22 August-2011
5.       Participated in group exhibition ‘Laya’ Rythms in Nature and Dance’ on 4-10th October 2013

6.       Exhibition at Renaissance Galery, Bangalore Nov. 2013

             Her Collections includes: oil on canvas, water colour, glass painting, fabric painting, acrylic paintings. She loves to paint landscapes, seascapes, historical ruins, flowers and people. Now she is trying her hand in abstract art.
Contact details : Phone no. 080 22291677; mobile 9916384265
Address: 1 B, Thomas Manor, 88, Richmond Road, Bangalore-560025

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