Ekta Arya (22) is a Fine Arts graduate from Almora. She took up Aipan art some 5 years ago, initially as a hobby. Over the course of the next five years, Aipan transformed into her choice of vocation. Despite her relatively younger age, she is one of the most resourceful Aipan artisans of Almora, never shying away from attending even month-long exhibitions in various parts of India alone, and finally realising her dream of opening her own Aipan art studio in the main market of Almora where she works with 5 other women. She is one of the most prolific contemporary Aipan artisan today, and because of her immense contribution in bringing recognition of the artform from a wider audience, has developed into a young ambassador of the Aipan tradition. Recently her contributions to the artform was recognised by the Government of Haryana.