While mehendi has been popular, the craze for Bridal Mehendi Designs has caused a sensation in recent years. In fact, brides-to-be go to great lengths to customize their designs to look unique and different leading up to their big day. To make the event unforgettable, many show theirs love stories or add their partner’s initials.
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However, Anjali Tapadiya decided to select some of her favorite artworks from iconic artists for her mehendi design. These included famous creations such as Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Keith Haring’s Graffiti, Pablo Picasso’s Femme Au Collier Jaune and Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.
“Everyone asked me where I hid the groom’s name in my mehendi. I do not have. I did that instead,” she shared a look at the artworks in an Instagram post that has gone viral with over 43,000 likes.
Her groom-turned-husband managed to accurately identify all of the artwork, she said in the Post. “Aaakarsh Tandon identified the art I agree. Love is strong with this one.”
According to the new bride, it was the perfect way to overcome wedding angst. “Weddings can trigger anxiety. Especially when things are out of your control and orchestrated by families. This is part of the many little things I’ve done to calm myself and add a touch of Anjali to any ceremony,” she shared in the post.
The 26-year-old told indianexpress.com that she grew up in the city of Sedam in Karnataka and has always appreciated art due to the influence of her mother and grandfather. “Every time I move to a new city, I try to look at the art museums first. I saw The Starry Night at MoMA while visiting New York City and burst into tears. Just the idea of having all of these images on my body during a special time in my life was mesmerizing,” said US-based Anjali.
She described how her husband also loves art, she said. “My husband and I traveled a long distance for almost 6 years, most of it across continents. One thing we both value very much is art – any form. I knew he would be very excited to see that. I also wanted to add so many tidbits from other famous paintings. Sometime in December I sketched what I wanted my henna to be.”
Kamal Mehendi artist who narrated the mehendi for Anjali indianexpress.com that this was the first time she had done anything like this in her 30 years of experience as a mehendi artist unique custom design.
“During the phone call with Anjali’s aunt, I realized that the bride needed custom henna for her wedding, which involved the paintings. On her mehendi day on June 8, 2022, I met and spoke to Anjali where she shared the painting references for henna and it was done on site. This kind of customized henna with world famous paintings was my first and I am grateful to Anjali who was really supportive and cooperative to create such art,” said the Bengaluru-based artist, who usually receives requests for wedding ritual themes and couples memorable moments.
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