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A budding artist



Madhuri seen with all her awards.

Her paintings reflect her keen observation and deep understanding of nature. Though she has no rural background, her trips during school holidays to her grandfather's village in West Godavari district seem to have had a strong impact on her, which is reflected in her paintings.

Two of her father's colleagues took a trip down memory lane to their childhood days in their village after seeing her paintings in the solo exhibition. They later wrote poesy on the girl, appreciating her talent. This eight-year-old already has over 250 paintings and 150 poster greetings in her kitty.

Meet B. Madhuri Bhavana, a Std. III student of Kendriya Vidyalaya-Steel Plant, whose imagination defies her age. She seems to have art in her genes as both her father, B. Govardhana Reddy, deputy chief manager(systems) in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, and the grandfather, B. Brundavan Reddy, were art lovers and painters in their childhood. Her father had bagged a couple of awards in his school days.

She has been painting for the past two years and has bagged several awards and prizes. Her first solo exhibition organised at Ukkunagaram in December last year has won all-round appreciation. "Impressed by her greetings and posters, the then Chairman and Managing Director of VSP, B.N. Singh, collected some of them and sent them to his acquaintances across the globe," says her father. Her second solo exhibition is currently on at the Visakha Museum and her works are receiving excellent feedback from the public and rave reviews in the media, particularly her self portrait. The exhibition will be on up to January 1.

It was Govardhana Reddy, who had initiated Madhuri into painting and her art teacher, B. Sashibushana Rao, who has been chosen for this year' best teacher award of the Kurella Sahitya Seva Samithi Trust, groomed her into a budding artist. Apart from poster paintings and greeting cards, she is also an adept in etching, folding and spreading, collage and tracing techniques.

She was named the "Child prodigy-2001" jointly by the Sahitya Seva Samithi Trust, Sita Music and Dance Academy and the Kurella Someswara Rao Trust. Coca Cola gave her `Super Kid-2001' award. She won the `Bala Chitra Ratna Award' twice in the fifth and sixth International Child Art Competitions conducted by Korasala's Wonder Art World in 2001 and 2002. The Lalita Kala Parishad presented her a silver medal in the All-India Children Art Competition held in August this year

Madhuri takes about 15 minutes to complete a simple painting and a few hours to draw complex ones. Making a collage is a difficult technique and it can sometimes take hours to complete it. "She sits for two to three hours at a stretch at times but takes a break after an hour or so and does the paintings in spells, when she is a playful mood," says her father.

What does she want to become? "I want to become a doctor," she says innocently like most girls of her age. Apart from painting, Madhuri is also into music, swimming and handicrafts.

B.M.G.

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