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Sketching the Lord

Every individual has his or her own way of worship while 12-year-old Aprameya Karthik’s is through sketching colourful Ganeshas at the start and end of every day.

Published: 21st September 2013 10:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st September 2013 10:50 AM   |  A+A-

Every individual has his or her own way of worship while 12-year-old Aprameya Karthik’s is through sketching colourful Ganeshas at the start and end of every day.

“I have to make at least five or six drawings every morning and before I go to bed. Each sketch takes about five to six minutes,” says Aprameya, whose drawings will be on display in the city on Sunday.

“To mark this year, the exhibition will have 2013 of my drawings,” he adds. Aprameya has decided to focus on Ganesha as a subject till he reaches a count of 10,000. “I plan to double the figure every year. Last year, I had displayed 1,001 drawings at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. I don't know how long it'll take to reach the mark.”

love for diagrams

Apart from Ganeshas, Aprameya enjoys sketching the human anatomy and the structure of birds. Little surprise then that science is one of his favourite subjects at school. “I like science because we have to draw a lot of diagrams and label them, and also social sciences as we learn of the history and evolution of art through it,” he opines.

Talking about his inspiration, the boy recounts his visit to Nanjangud temple as a five-year-old, where he saw Ganesha with his benne alankara, adorned in butter. “I felt I wanted to draw him immediately,” he recalls, though it was only in class three that he began to sketch Ganeshas, first copying images off calendars and then moving on to portraying his own impressions of the elephant-headed god.

Parental support

“Most kids scribble or doodle and parents dismiss it as futile. In the bargain, an opportunity to nurture creativity is lost,” S Ramanathan, Aprameya’s father tells City Express. However, when he and his wife Anitha noticed their son sketching the form of Ganesha from a wedding card, they felt they had to encourage him. With his father supplying the drawing material and his mother, a school teacher, guiding him through what he's doing ‘wrong’, Aprameya’s talent bloomed and confidence rose.

“His mother read out the ashtothara to him so that he could depict a different form of Ganesha, with his different attributes. We even took him to a Sanskrit professor after that to further his understanding,” says Ramanathan. “Now, my wife has begun the sahasranama, and already 300 drawings have come out of it. Other children who are learning to recite the ashtothara or sahasranama too would benefit from this exercise as it would help them visualise better.”

Day-long exhibition

Aprameya also uses alphabets to draw around to create Ganesha figures, including Japanese characters, which he picked up from a ‘Learn Japanese’ book that his father had left at their house in Mysore.

About the day-long exhibition, says the class seven student, “I'm excited. It’s the day of Sankashta Chaturthi and it’s a Sunday, so it should be easy for both school children and working people to come. After it ends, I have to rush back as I have my drawing examination on Monday, which I can't miss.”

The exhibition will be on at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road on September 22 from 10.30 am to 7 pm.

m chetana@newindianexpress.com



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