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Boy wonder

Painting, playing the keyboard and magic... all these come easily to 11-year-old Srikanth


HE USED to wield a paint brush with élan even before he could write. He has been winning painting competitions even as a child. In his flat in R.A. Puram, eleven-year-old A.V.K. Srikanth has more trophies to display than toys. The list of competitions he has won is a mile long.

Significantly, some of his colourful creations are being used for charity. The painting (among 4,500 entries) that fetched him the first prize in the all-India painting competition organised by Amway Opportunity Federation in 2000, has been adopted as a greeting card. Proceeds from the sale of 1,26,000 copies of this card have gone to support the blind. His gold-medal winning painting at the 2002 edition of the same event, has also been adopted as a greeting card, for the same purpose.

Painting vivid pictures is not his only claim to fame. He can tinkle the ivories with equal ease - he is adept at the keyboard and shows promise on the piano. He bagged the "Master Virtuoso" title at the "Kreativ 2003" conducted by Carnatica.com.


Srikanth puts his nimble fingers to another good use - magic. With an array of sleight-of-hand tricks, he makes bottles vanish into thin air, ropes instantly turn taut, and plucks cards from nowhere. His USPs, in his own words, are his ability to gallop through his tricks and the fact that he does not need a stage to perform them.

His prestidigitation seems to be in demand, a long resume being a convincing evidence of it. In June this year, he performed at Odyssey when J.K. Rowling's "The Order of Phoenix" hit the racks. On the occasion, little Srikanth was interviewed by Reuters.

As he suffers from allergic asthma and occasional nose bleed, outdoor games are off-limits for him. Table tennis is right up his alley, but he has given that up too. Whenever the fancy takes him, he plays video games. But these are occasional excursions into leisure. He has his eyes set on greater achievements. He continues to put his name down for all the important painting competitions in the country and attends his piano and magic classes like clockwork. He sure is not one to rest on his oars.

PRINCE FREDERICK

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