THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The full significance of the Kerala Assembly may be lost on Rose Maria Sebastian, but on Wednesday, the Class VI student was a little star there.
Rose, from Idukki, held a day-long exhibition of her art work in the Assembly which turned out to be a big draw. So, why this particular venue, you may ask. The subjects of her work were all the sitting MLAs of the 14th Kerala Assembly, plus Governor P Sathasivam. “It took me 20 days to draw all of them,” the youngster said shyly.
The student of Government Higher Secondary School, Rajakkad, has never met all of the MLAs in person, but depended on their photographs, mostly smiling ones. So you have a smiling Governor Sathasivam alongside Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan and Deputy Speaker V Sasi. The likeness is astonishing. Done using acrylic pencils, the portraits took up one section of the Assembly lounge on the ground floor.
So who was the most difficult to draw? Rose laughs. She says she started off with the MLAs from Idukki district. “Roshy Augustine was the first,” says Rose who is the second child of Sherly Sebastian and Sebastian Joseph, who is a farmer. “It was minister M M Mani who helped us arrange the exhibition in the Assembly,” Sherly said. Recognising their daughter’s talent in art, her parents have now hired an art teacher who visits their home to coach her.
Rose has a brother, Kiran Sebastian, who is a Plus Two student.