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Nimble fingers & snapshots

Firm and focussed, Rishi Kiran wants to walk that extra mile to reach his unset goal, says P. Sujatha Varma

Photo: Raju. V

Rishi Kiran shooting with his camera.

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE harp on it. Your boss laments your abysmal lack of it. Your teacher complains you never display it and your parents chide you for neglecting it. It is focus. Most people say they are focused without having a clue about what the word really means.

Rishi Kiran belongs to a different groove. He has managed to vigorously pursue his hobbies even while attending to regular activities. Affectionately called Naani at home, the nine-year-old lad's enthusiasm to explore more about the enigma called life using camera as an effective tool has made him a full-fledged `lenseboy' today.

Impressed by the finesse with which their son handles the camera, his parents M.Vishnuwardhan Rao, a homeo doctor and mother Padma, who teaches German, decided to encourage him to pursue the art. They compiled the photographs shot by him in a CD which was released by the Vijayawada MP, L.Rajagopal, at a function recently.

Freedom-happiness

Rishi Kiran developed a discerning eye for photography at an early age which gradually became his passion. But the boy has no intention to translate his passion into a career. Doing what you like is freedom and liking what you do is happiness.

With a firm belief in this theory, he has decided to derive joy and a sense of fulfillment by indulging in photography. "This is it and nothing beyond that," he clarifies.

What about his career plans ? "I want to be a pilot and fly in the air," the boy says in a matter-of-fact way while playing with his cousin.

"He was obsessed with catching action wherever he wassince his childhood. He would pick up his father's camera and try to shoot pictures when he was just four," recalls the doting mother.

Fascinated by the click of the camera, he began capturing images of family functions and other small events in the neighbourhood.

Enriching experience

The growing experience has been enriching and invigorating for Rishi Kiran. Ask him why did he choose it as a hobby and the schoolboy is quick to reply: "Most of us like to keep ourselves busy by engaging in some work. But why work to keep busy when we can work and be happy instead."

The little one has a point though but not everyone can boast of what he is today.

He has captured them all. The majestic Undavalli caves, associated with the Vishnukundin kingsreflecting the splendour and brilliance of the architecture, the calm blue waves of the Krishna, a refreshing view of street kids lolling on the sands spread across the shore and the sunshine poured in, drenching the golden sand with an ethereal beauty.

Growing slowly and steadily as a photographer, he managed to take time off to pursue his other pastime like playing chess and cricket too.

Although busy at the moment in designing his dreams for future, the boy is not ready to compromise on his passion too. Come what may, he wants his scene!

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