Hamirpur’s Avnish Vishwakarma Lives And Breathes Art

HAMIRPUR || It is often said that where there is a will there is a way and this has been turned into a reality by a talented lad hailing from Hamirpur. In a small village of Hamirpur district, which does not have any unique facilities, this young man is doing the artistic fraternity proud.

The boy, Avnish Vishwakarma hails from a village of extreme backwardness namely Sarila tehsil of Bundelkhand’s Hamirpur district about 75 km from the district headquarters. Avnish lives here with his parents. At his humble dwelling, you can find dozens of certificates and medals hanging on the wall.

He has created hundreds of beautiful artworks in the past two years. Dozens of awards including the Asia Pacific Award along with three national, global recognitions are to his credit along with a special place among 825 artworks at a specially curated exhibition in PM Narendra Modi’s home turf Gujarat.

He also held pole position in an International Group Art Exhibition organized by Axis Art zone at Gandhi Art Gallery Delhi where 25 artists from 9 countries participated and he was awarded the first Best Art Work Medal of 2019. He was acknowledged for his unique stapler art showcasing Swami Vivekananda for which he registered his name in the India Book Record 2019.

Stapler artwork on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Modi, Mother Teresa’s sunlight art remain his most prized works. Through his work, he tries to touch upon a multitude of religions and human evolution.

As an aware and alert artist, he constantly tries to act as the voice of the masses depicting the plight of a Bundelkhand farmer, increasing pollution and paying homage to greats like Dr Abdul Kalam, Michael Jackson, World War II, Subhash Chandra Bose, Lord Shiva and farmer suicides.

Emerging as a ray of hope for the dipping image of the region is the 25-year-old youth determined to turn his village into one that is widely written and discussed. Having proven himself at various forums, the artist now wants to register his name in the Guinness Book. He is a recipient of multiple accolades as an artist.

The boy’s father Jayapratap singlehandedly took care of the family by doing furniture work. Apart from Avnish, the others in the family are Madhyama, brother Rishi Vishwakarma and Shravan Vishwakarma. Mother Chandra Devi is a homemaker. Avnish studied till class 5 in a primary school in Barauli village.

Born on 4 July 1993 in a poor family in the extremely backward Barauli Kharka village in Hamirpur, Avnish has given Hamirpur district a pride of place in the entire country. He earned a reputation for himself creating children’s tractors and badges going on to sell them at fairs. He passed Class 8 from a school in Mahoba.

He had to return to his home turf when the going went tough for the family. Avnish and his elder brother operated out of his village. After high school, he was enrolled in 11B Sanatan Dharma Inter College Orai. Failing in a paper for later arrival, he was forced to fill the form for Intermediate from Allahabad.

A keen mathematician in the making, he was always excited to paint the palette or do creative stuff. Aiming to be a scientist he cowed down under the pressure of too many equations and sums which did not give him that much-needed kick. Interested in B. Tech he had to shelve the idea because the family circumstances were not suitable owing to a debt-ridden situation.

He got a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Abhinav Pragya College Rath earning a scholarship for studies. With great proficiency in the art circuit, the kid could very well prove to be a harbinger of change for the Bundelkhand region and the arts scene at large.

–Arijit Bose/Lucknow

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