The three-day Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national council meet in Kozhikode was no doubt an attention grabbing and widely discussed event but it was Jasna Salim and her glass paintings that stole the show. 


The visitors who thronged the Malabar Christian College grounds where an exhibition was held on the sidelines of the three-day BJP conclave were amazed by the glass paintings of little Krishna at a stall here. They were even more surprised when they learned that the beautiful creation was made by Jasna, a devout Muslim from Thamarassery in Kozhikode.


"For me, these are paintings I have made with a lot of love but for others it maybe God. I believe there is no difference between the gods of different faiths," says Jasna who discovered the talent hardly a year back.


Sharing the reason for her fondness for Krishna, Jasna says as a toddler her parents used to call her 'Kanna' (childhood name of Krishna). "Though it felt odd, I got used to that name after some time. Maybe, this could be a reason I feel so much in ease to draw his picture."


Asked if she has faced any objection from her community or family, Jasna says that her father and husband have been pillars of support and so are people near her home. However, there are few relatives who are unhappy. 


Talking more about her creation, the artist said though she tried drawing Krishna in his various forms, this pose of little Krishna with a scoop of butter in his hand and mischevious smile gave her the most satisfaction.