Abok na katchaba (Grandma’s offering)
Oil Painting by Monica Ingudam
15.5 by 15.5 inch
Original – Found a home in Manipur.
Abok na katchaba, Grandma’s offering to the sun in the morning. During my darkest times, when I closed my eyes thinking of love, purity, protection and blessing, it was the image of my grandmother’s morning offering which came to my mind many times giving me so much of strength, strength making all the darkness fade way, filling me with love. I felt my feet cold standing on the slightly dried cleaned clay floor as I walked outside after waking up, breathing in the fresh smell of flowers, burning incense sticks, light burning on the cotton hand rolled wick in ghee and Abok’s beautiful smile as she turned back hearing my steps, still kneeling down with her morning offerings. She is gone, long back but the feeling of pure love, protected and blessed feeling stayed with me giving me such positive energy. This painting is used as the card for 1001Thagatcharir, gratitude project of Manipur. If you have received this image, it comes from a deep place from someone with lots of love touching you with the immense power of human connections.
Monica Ingudam, 28th April 2019
Monica has always been interested in art, human expressions and connections as a child. Art and painting provided the calm inner strength, kept her grownded and balanced during the intense grieving period during her father’s passing and things life brings. She volunteered for Art Galleries, took and continues to take art classes, workshop to enhance her understanding and skills of being an artist. She has pledged the funds raised from her paintings to projects of FindingTheVoices and support humane initiatives encountered as part of interviews covered in her talk show. She has successfully raised funds for Palliative Care and children’s education . She is currently on a mission to spread positivity through 1001Thagtachari gratitude project of Manipur and hosting personal growth FindingYourself workshops to elevate self in bringing out the high achiever in each individual. Please click here to get her art and support her initiatives.