Mruta was a former policeman. He had retired from the force when
Tingatinga started to paint at the Morogoro Stores. Since Tingatinga
already had five students and refused to take any more, Mruta
was only allowed to watch the others painting. He then ran home
to practice what he had seen.
Tingatinga's death, Hashim Mruta became one of the founding members
of the Tingatinga partnership. He later was a member of the TACS
where he stayed until is death in 1998.
"Tinga Tinga, the popular paintings fom Tanzania", Y.
Mruta with artists Jaffary and Chombo
(courtesy Capt. Felix Lorenz)