Aspiring lawyer, 21-yr-old Sheema Latif from Sgr makes her name as Mehandi artist

 A 21-year-old girl from Srinagar, who is aspiring to become a lawyer, has made her name as a Mehandi artist and at times provides free of cost services to the people, who cannot afford to pay hefty sums, aiming to assist the poor in need.

Sheema Lateef, who hails from Soiteng locality of Nowgam in the outskirts of Srinagar city, is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Law from Vitasta School of Law and Humanities in Srinagar and at the same time she is also pursuing her hobby of being one of youngest and certified Mehandi artist in the Kashmir Valley.

Originally hailing from Khayam locality of Srinagar, Sheema wants to work for the welfare of the people both as a lawyer and a Mehandi artist.

“Being a lawyer and a Mehandi artist, I want to work for the welfare of the people. Nowadays artists, be it makeup artists or Mehandi artists, charge hefty amounts, which sometimes people cannot afford. So keeping that in mind, I have kept a cap at Rs 2500 for every person and for those who cannot afford even this amount, I offer the services free of cost,” Sheema said.

Being a self-taught article, Covid-19 lockdown helped her hone her skills in this art and she would offer services to the people during lockdown at her home.

She said that she had created an Instagram page and she would get bookings through this and people would come to her home.

She said that she had created an Instagram page and she would get bookings through this and people would come to her home.

“During lockdown people would come to my home. Since I knew this art from the beginning, it was not difficult for me to learn more about it. But I had to fight a lot of stereotypes as people would sometimes look down upon artists like us as people think we belong to lower class families,” she said.

She said that a lot of people gave up on their professions of being Mehandi or makeup artists as people would often mistreat them, forcing them to give up.

“But I overcame such stereotypes and moved on with my hobby as well as my profession. I am pursuing law and I am currently doing an internship at District court Srinagar as I am in 5th semester of my course. At the same time I am pursuing my hobby of being one of the youngest Mehandi artists in the Kashmir Valley” she said.

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