It has been said that there exists an intimate and interesting intertwining of Mumbiram’s life and his art. This quality is considered to be an important facet of Rasa Art as conceived by Mumbiram. In this photograph we see Mumbiram making a charcoal portrait of one of his favourite muses: Kusum. The scene of this action is the balcony of Mumbiram’s legendary studio in Pune’s Mandai vegetable market. Mumbiram distinctly remembered the event and has recounted it whenever he shared this portrait of Kusum. Mumbiram obviously had a hair treatment and a hair wash and mumbiram has decided to make this portrait while his hair dries. Kusum was sitting to the left of Mumbiram, with her back to the balustrade of the balcony. Vrinda has made this Photograph, but Surekha, Kusum’s younger sister-in-law, was also there. Mumbiram has known Kusum ever since she was a young teenager. She was the tallest and the strongest of her gang of ragpicking girls from Yeravda. Mumbiram also found her to be the liveliest and was fascinated by her exquisitely angular character. It’s been decades since, yet Mumbiram still can’t keep his charcoal-smeared hands from depicting the now chubby Kusum.