The Weekend Artist is an endeavour to find a common thread binding journeys of artists from across domains. Here, we talk to painters, musicians, actors, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers and all such wonderful people about their inspiring journeys and their relentless pursuit in search of art and all things good.
At times, we stretch our definition of artists to celebrities, chefs and inspiring personalities from across fields that may not necessarily qualify as art. But after all, living a great life is an art too, isn’t it?
The tales of their lives inspire us to continue our individual art- journeys.
We hope you enjoy reading their stories and keep our fingers crossed that you take inspiration from all these amazing people we interview here at TWA.
Pooja and Pranav.
As the entertainment Correspondent at The Times of India, Pooja has met and interviewed some of the most sought after Bollywood personalities. Actor Vidya Balan, Nana Patekar, Jackie Shroff, filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar, model Milind Soman, actors Riteish Deshmukh, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sunny Leone — the list is unending. Her interviews with veteran actor Renuka Shahane of Surabhi and Paralympian Deepa Malik were the latest to receive appreciation from across audiences. While we feature a few of these interviews here (with due credits to the original publications where they first appeared), Pooja will be bringing B-town glamour to The Weekend Artist.
It was in the year 2005, while working as an apprentice engineer with an automation giant that I realised that machines were the last entities I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. They were boring, monotonous and well – Mechanical. Basically, precisely how I did not want my life to be.
In pursuit of an unpredictable and surprising profession, I soon found himself pursuing masters in Journalism. A campus interview and here I was – a full-time professional journalist. Covering an elite and exciting beat like the Defence Ministry, Politics, Parliament, J&K Floods, Life at LoC, missiles and fighter jets – life at The Indian Express was exciting.
Having spent a decade as a mainstream journalist, I quit my job in 2016 in pursuit of my all time passion and a constant companion- watercolour and art at large. People and their journeys overwhelm me and I am addicted to meeting and interviewing exciting people from all walks of life.
Currently working as the Editor at a leading international news website, I juggle my time between news, painting, organising art workshops, traveling and interviewing exciting people – the most recent being watercolour master Alvaro Castagnet, management guru, author (The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari), speaker Robin Sharma, Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone. I will continue my fascinating encounters with lovely people here at TWA.