Little fingers on big canvas

Shorya Mahanot,a five-year-od abstract artist shares his passion for colours and dreams

Written by Debjani Paul | Published: June 21, 2012 1:19:09 am

Shorya Mahanot,a five-year-od abstract artist shares his passion for colours and dreams

On Tuesday,as Shorya Mahanot splashed paint on the canvas,colour spattered on the surrounding cameras,even on the feet of some spectators and cartoonist and humorist R K Laxman’s. He was making a painting in the presence of onlookers at Laxman’s residence in Aundh. Calm,composed and completely unperturbed by the attention he got,the artist continued painting,engrossed in colours and textures in front of him. All of five years,Shorya from Neemach (M.P),is one of the youngest abstract artists in the world. Shorya was not only blessed by Laxman — who he idolises — but was also gifted a personalised cartoon with a signed brush.

This was not the first time that Shorya had demonstrated his skills to an audience. Last year,when he was four years old,he had an exhibition at the the Taj Hotel in Mumbai along with a painting demonstration. His proud father,Aditya Singh Mahanot,says,“He has been painting since he was three. Even at that age,he could differentiate between primary,secondary colours and could balance both soft and strong shades with ease. That’s when I realised that he is gifted.”

Till date,Shorya,a Class 1 student in Neemach has made around 100 paintings. “At times,he even spends six hours at a stretch painting,” adds the father. Shorya loves going to school and immensely enjoys the art class. He insists that he never plans the colours and patterns in advance and does the strokes on the spot. However,as far as his future plans are concerned,he shares a different dream.“I want to be a pilot and fly in the sky.” he says.

It is very normal for a child of his age to get overwhelmed by the response and accolades his talent fetches but Shorya’s mother,Pushpa Mahanot stresses that he is not even aware of his talent and how people respond to it. His love for painting is such that it reflects in his marks in school examinations . “The marks are always low when he doesn’t paint enough,” explains his sister Shruti.

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