INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE
B I O - D A T A
Name : Master Gaurav Agrawal
Date of Birth : 25th July 1994
Class in which studying : 7th
School : Gyan Ganga Educational Academy Raipur
Father's Name : Sri Brijesh Agrawal
Mother's Name : Smt Rajani Agrawal
Brother's Name : Rohit Agrawal
Father's Occupation : Railway Service (DEO)
Address : Office : Computer Centre , Wagon Repair Shop,
S.E.C.Railway R A I P U R - 492 008, India
E-mail : gaurav_art7#rediffmail.com
: 094252 - 05241
GAURAV, SKETCHING MAGIC AT A YOUNG AGE
To, transform imagination into modern art can be very
well associated with an experienced and senior artist.
But, to see a young boy,who has barely written his nursery
examination, creating abstract modern art, can be astonishing.
Gaurav Agrawal , a 10 years old boy form Raipur (CHHATISGARH STATE.)
in India, makes beautiful sketches of birds and animals in his own style.
Gaurav does not makeconventional pictures which are commonly made by children of his age.
Not very fond of colours, Gaurav uses only a black sketch pen to scribble down
the images of birds. Interestingly, it takes only three to four minutes for this boy to draw an image.
Gaurav started making sketches on his own, at the age of three.
He has never had any assistance or guidance from any elder, nor is it a hereditary gift.
His parents, in association with various local organisations, have arranged as many as
displaying some 2000 sketches made by Gaurav, in many places in all over India.
Inception of Art
One day after returning from school, the young kid Master Gaurav after completing
his home works sat and started scribbling sketches with pencil on a piece of paper.
This routine continued and he started developing the interest and improved his scribbling work to
one stroke sketch of different imaginative shapes of birds, human and animal profiles etc.
This further improved and he started drawing with sketch pens.
The objects attracted his parents, relatives & neighbours
and this encouraged him to develop the taste of this art.
He continued his zeal and one fine day the hidden talent was spotted by
some media persons and Art lovers of city and gave a breakthrough.
The young Gaurav at an early age of only 3, when he still needed nursing
cares of parents and elders, thrown himself into the world of imagination.
The imagination did not confine to his brain but came out
live to canvas and paper through his soft little fingers.
You just go through his sketches and you will be spell bound.
They are the artistic display of Gaurav's imagination with some inherent message to the mankind.
The main features of Gaurav's sketches are -
1. Sketches were drawn within few minutes without break of strokes.
2. They are not traditional as are drawn by the children of his age.
3. The sketches are unique.
4. Sketches contain different imaginative shapes of Birds, Animals and Gods.
5. The arts are modern and of Gaurav's own style.
With so much God gifted talent, it is now the obligation of the society to
provide Master Gaurav all assistance and encourage the young talent in reaching the highest point.
Gaurav's parents are also hopeful of finding a proper art teacher to channalise the unbound flow of
talent in this young artist. With right guidance, he might turn out to be Picasso of India.
Local Dailies :- Nav Bharat, Dainik Bhasker, Amrit sandesh, SamvetSikhar,
Desh Bandhu, The Hitavata (Raipur) Dainik Jagran(Aligarh),
Sabera Sanket (Rajnandghanw)
National Magazine :- India Today, Hans, Nanadan, Balhans, Balbodh
AIR : - Interview was broadcast on 12.04.98 through their
popular children programme " KISLAYA" at 08.30 Hrs.
T.V. :- Telecast the roundup of exhibition on 07.04.98 &
11.09.98 through their evening service at 18.55 Hrs.
ZEE T.V. :- Programme was Telecast in " ZEE NEWS" Channel on 04.06.99 & 29.06.2000 .
ASIA NET :- Programme was Telecast in " ASIA NET" Channel on 09.06.99 .
SAHARA T.V. :- Programme was Telecast in " SAHARA" Channel on 17.08.03 . & 02/06/2006
The chronology of exhibitions of Gaurav's art in different
art-galleries is as follows.
SOLO ART EXHIBITIONS
1. First solo Sketch exhibition at Mahakaushal Kala Vithika, Raipur,
a renowned art gallery of Chhatisgarh, with 300 sketches.
Thousands of Art lovers lauded everyday.[Year - 1998]
2. On the occasion of Shri Agrawal Swarn Jayanti Mahotsav at Agrasen Bhawan Raipur
[Year - 1998]
3. At Lions Club, Rajnandgaon, Sri Motilal Vora, Ex-Chief Minister,
MADHYA PRADESH, Ex-Governor, U.P was very much pleased
and blessed the talented child artist.[Year - 1998]
4. At Lions Club, Khairagarh, a place for art lovers with an art
university where Gaurav's art was praised by man art lovers.
[Year - 1998]
5. At Sayaji Palace, Indore organized by Agrawal Samaj,
Indore(MADHYA PRADESH)[Year - 1999]
6. At National Talent Award, Indore (MADHYA PRADESH) [Year - 2003]
7. Three day solo exhibition at GASS Memorial Ground,
Raipur organized by Education and Employment Mela - 2003
8. 10 Days exhibition in Inter State Students & Teachers
Camp at J.R. Dani School, Raipur[Year - 2003]
9. At Jawahar Art Centre, Jaipur organized by Nature Club of Rajasthan [Year - 2003]
10. At Raipur on the eve of International Children's Day [Year - 2004]
Group Art Exhibition
1. Participated in All India Art Competition organized
by Maha Kaushal Art Gallery[ Year - 1998 ]
2. At Nehru Art Gallery, Bhilai[Year - 1998].
3. At Rajnandgaon, CHHATISGARH STATE organized by Lion's Club, Rajnandgaon in the year 1999.
4. Sixth National Youth Festival 2000, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.[Year - 2000]
5. Shaktiman Mela, Raipur.[ Year - 2000]
6. Annual Day Celebration of Gyan Ganga School, Raipur[Year - 2002]
7. Combined Art Exhibition by MADHYA PRADESH & CHHATISGARH STATE at
Maha Kaushal Art Gallery, Raipur [Year - 2002].
Prizes and Awards :
1. Awarded by Raipur Artist Group - 1998.
2. Awarded by the then Honourable Minister Sri Satyanarayan
Sharma on 15th August 1998 at Police Ground, Raipur.
3. By Agrawal Youth Manch - 1998.
4. Won 1st Prize in All India Camel Colour School Competition - 1998.
5. Rewarded with Special Complimentary Certificate in All India Art Competition - 1998.
6. By Lion's Club, Rajnandgaon - 1999.
7. By Lion's Club, Khairagarh - 1999.
8. Won Second Prize in Wild Animal Week organized by Forest Department, Raipur - 1999
9. Won Special Prize in "Agrasen Award - 99" by Hon'ble
Governor of MADHYA PRADESH, Sri Bhai Mahavir at Sayaji Palace,
Indore(MADHYA PRADESH) - 1999.
10. Won First Prize in Drawing Competition organized by Aarsh Vidhyalaya, Raipur - 1999.
11. Won Special Prized in Inter School Drawing
Competition organized by Jain Public School, Devpuri, Raipur - 1999.
12. Rewarded with Gold Medal by Adharsh Vidhyala, Raipur - 2000.
13. Awarded with Special Complimentary Certificate in
6th National Youth Festival, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat - 2000.
14. Won First Prize in Drawing Competition organized
by Gyan Ganga Educational Academy, Raipur - 2001.
15. Won a Prize in Inter School Art Competition by Raj Kumar College, Raipur.- 2002
16. Awarded on the eve of Basant Panchami by Mahavir Nagar, Raipur.- 2002
17. Rewarded with "Maha Kaushal Alankaran" by Combined state art competition by
MADHYA PRADESH & CHHATISGARH STATE - 2002
18. Autographed by Hon'ble President of India Sri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.- 2002
19. Awarded in National Talent Award, Indore - 2003.
20. Awarded by Raipur Art Counsil - 2003.
21. Awarded by Nature Art Club, Rajasthan - 2003.
22. Awarded by Gyan Ganga Educational Academy, Raipur - 2004.
23. Awarded by Hon'ble Governor of CHHATISGARH STATE, Sri K.M.Seth - 2004.
I am privileged to receive your email when my father
brought this news when he returned from his office.
I was very eager to know about it and was feeling proud
to be acknowledged by you as a talented artist.
I do not exactly know how I started this at the age of 3 years.
It has just happened. It is God's gift.
I was very happy that people used to talk about me, take photographs,
arrange exhibitions of my creative art.
It is also wonderful, enchanting and joyful to see that
I become a hero of art lovers and proud son of my parents.
I had lot of opportunities to visit many prestigious art galleries in India
where my paintings have been exhibited and lauded by the art lovers.
We are residing in Raipur city a Capital township of a newly formed Chhattisgarh state.
Rich with cultural heritage, mineral wealth, forest wealth, with simple living innocent people.
This state is situated in the center of India. We live in a small house.
I dream for my father purchasing a bigger house where I can have my
own room to keep my artwork and do lot of creative art independently.
I don't have a computer, access to Internet to surf the websites to know about my art.
My Mom and Dad are so good that they are supporting me at every stage.
They escort me to distant places wherever my art and I are honored and exhibited.
I am proud of my parents. Recently my parents took me to a browsing
center to surf Internet to explore the websites for artistic work.
While surfing, I came to know about ICAF and was quite
impressed with your contribution towards the child art.
Immediately, I asked my parents to go into your site in detail and then my parents
contacted Mr. Ashfag Ishaq and sent my works to him through email.
With your gracious support, if I am given a place in ICAF,
I will be blessed and promise you that I will keep myself
growing to come up to the expectation of my art lovers.
I, Brijesh Kumar Agrawal, serve in Indian Railways at
Wagon Repair Shop in the Computer Center at Raipur.
I am proud to have son like Gaurav who has god gift for the creative art.
I have seen him growing with his art. In our family no one has this type of talent.
When he was born we went a priest astrologer who then said he
would bring laurels and fame to your family. It has come true.
Gaurav is a very quiet child.
He has one younger brother Rohit who is very active and very smart.
He loves his elder brother and feels proud for his creative works. When Gaurav was only
five years old, at night 10pm he wanted a drawing sheet for making sketches.
When I told him since it is night all shops are closed and I will get it the next
morning he quietly accepted it but started sketching on the wall.
I was surprised to see the beautiful sketch he had drawn on the wall.
Since then I keep drawing sheets at home.
And I have decided that I should encourage his passion for artwork.
I was confident that one-day he would make his destiny in the world,
which he of course is scaling to achieve his targets.
I, Mrs. Beena Agrawal, am mother of the young artist Gaurav.
I am basically housewife.
Every mother dreams for the betterment of their children and Gaurav, no doubt,
possesses inborn talent, which is making the entire family to be proud of.
Once I was helping him to complete his homework given in the school.
He then had drawn a beautiful sketch on the copy.
To my surprise it was unique and unlike the common child drawn sketches, it had some unique art,
which I showed to my husband when he returned from office.
He first didn't believe it to our surprise.
Gaurav made another sketch in front of him.
He emotionally moved and embraced the young kid and appraised his art and
he said this young boy will definitely engross his identity in the world.
I am also very much proud of my son who in this young age
doing such creative things, which is being appreciated,
by any learned people and artists of different rank and files.
Gaurav's Art Teacher Remarks
When I observed him drawing for the first time , I came to know, actually what "God Gift" is ?
He has got an excellent blend of imagination and expression.
It is very difficult rather impossible to sum up his art in words.
He has proved himself par excellence.
Which can be the greatest gift for a teacher, with the core of my heart,
I wish him all the best for his bright future.
Mohammad Rafi Qureshi
Gaurav's Father Remarks
I hopeful of finding a proper art teacher to channelise the unbound flow of talent in this young artist.
Who know with right guidance, he might turn out to be Picasso of India.
We are making all efforts to provide means and facilities to develop the inborn talent in my child.
Gaurav's Mother Remarks
If you are not SUN, be a STAR and shine like diamond wherever you are.
I would like that the talent uncovered may bloom and its fragrance be smelt the world over.
Profile - Raipur
District is situated in the fertile plains of Chhattisgarh Region.
This District is situated between 22o 33' N to 21o14'N Latitude and 82o 6' to 81o38'E Longtitude.
The District is surrounded by District Bilaspur in
North, District Bastar and part of Orissa state
in South, District Raigarh and part of Orissa state in East and district Durg in West.
The district occupies the south eastern partof the upper
Mahanadi valley and the bordering hills in the south and the east.
Thus, the district is divided into two major physical divisions,
Viz., the Chattisgarh plain and the Hilly Areas.
Mahanadi is the principal river of this district.
Its tributaries being Sendur, Pairy, Sondur, Joan, Kharun and Shivnath.
The fertility of lands of Raipur district can be attributed to the presence of these rivers.
Mahanadi originating in the hills of Sihava flows in the direction of East into the Bay of Bengal.
Mahanadi crosses the district diagonally from its south western corner to Northern boundaries.
The area to the west of the river comprising the North Eastern part of Dhamtari
(now separated from the Raipur District),the whole of Raipur,
Rajim Tehsil and the western part of Baloda Bazar Tehsil is a part of the open Chhattisgarh plain,
gently sloping, thickly populated and closely cultivated and almost devoid of forests.
The plain also extends in a belt of about 13 to 15 kilometers east of Mahanadi,
except between Sirpur and Kasdol where the hills are very closed.
The Southern part of Mahanadi plain is about 305 metres above the M.S.L.,
whereas the northern part is about 244 metres above the M.S.L.
Raipur district is administratively divided into 13 Tehisils and 15 revenue blocks.
It comprises of two Lok Sabha Constituencies(Raipur and Mahasamund)
and 13 Vidhansabha constituencies.
The chief crop of this region is Paddy.
Raipur district is fast emerging an industrial centre too.
There are 58 large and middle scale industries established so far in this district
which have offered employmentto nearly 12351 persons.
Industrial development in this district is mainly because of availability of wide spread Minerals,
Coal, Electricity and cheap labour cost.
The Culture prevailing in Raipur district is that of Chhattisgarh.
'Chhattisgarhi' is the local language that most of the people in this area love to converse in.
Chhattisgarh culture in itself is very rich and interesting.
Since ancient times people in this region have been known to have strong
faith in God which gives devotional touch to this culture.
In rural belt even now, one can see some people depending mostly on traditional
ways of curing (treatment) apart from being superstitious.
'Baigas' (traditional medical practitioners) apply their own methods
(called Jhad phook) to cure diseases and snake bites etc.
However, known for their modesty,
kindness and adjustable nature people of this area are fond of
variety in dressing, entertainment and way of living.
They tend to follow new life styles and this is the prime reason
behind people adopting modern life styles and thus
Chhattisgarh culture and tradition are now mostly limited to rural areas.
This culture has unique styles of music and dance.
Raut Nacha, Dewar Nacha, Panthi & Soowa, Padki and Pandwani
are some of musical styles and dance dramas.
Pandwani is a famous musical way of singing Mahabharata in this region.
This particular music style has been brought into lime light by well known
Teejan Bai and young Ritu Verma. Colourful dresses and variety of ornaments are
'spice of life' for women and men of this part of country .
Gouri-Goura, Surti, Hareli, Pola and Teeja are the main festivals of this area.
Celebrated in the month of 'Savan' hareli is a mark of greenery.
Farmers worship farm equipment and cows on this occasion.
They place branches and leaves of 'Bhelwa' (a tree resembling cashew tree
and found in the forests and villages of this district)
in the fields and pray for good crop.
People also hang small Neem branches at the main entrance
of houses on this occasion to prevent occurrence of seasonal diseases.
Baigas start teaching medicinal techniques to their disciples
starting from Hareli for fifteen days (till panchami the next day of Ganesh Chaturthi).
On thas day, they examine their disciples for medical skills
and if they satisfied with their performance,
then traditionally they gives the acceptance to practice medicine.
Disciples who fail in such examination continue to learn techniques
in subsequent years till they succeed to be recognized.
Children play 'GEDI' (walking on bamboo) from the festival of hareli to Pola.
They display various feats on GEDI and participate in GEDI race.
Hareli is also beginning of festivals for Chhattisgarhi people.Pola and
Teeja follow Hareli. People celebrate POLA by worshipping Bullocks.
Bull race is also a major event of the festival.
Children play with Nandia-Bail (Nandi the Vahan of Lord Shiva)
idols made of clay and fitted with clay wheels.
Teeja is the festival of women.
All married women pray for the welfare of their husbands on this occasion.
The custom is to perform this prayer at the parents' place of the women .
They eagerly wait for this occasion to come to spend some time
at their birth places in festive and devotional mood.
The feeling of togetherness and social harmony is filled in
every festival and art of Chhattisgarh culture.
Wild Life Sanctuary
Barnawapara sanctuary occupies the Northern part of
Mahasamund District and covers an area of 244.66 sq. Kms.
Sita Nadi Sanctuary
The Sitanadi Sanctuary occupies the Southern most parts of
Dhamtari Tehsil in Raipur District land joins Orrisa State boundary.
It covers lover 552.55 Sq.Kms. of area.
The Udanti Sanctuary occupies the South-Eastern portion of
Gariaband Tehsil of Raipur District and adjoins Orissa State in Eastern side.
It covers an area of 247.59 Sq. Kms. The Sanctuary is principally
created to protect the wild buffaloes.
The other species are also abundant in the area.
Raipur was founded by the Kalchuri King Ram Chandra of Raipur
last quarter of the 14th century AD.
Now, Raipur is the Headquarters of the District and Division of the same name
Centrally located in the newly formed State Chhattisgarh.
Raipur is the biggest city of the Region and a fast developing important industrial centre.
The establishment of Chili Steel Plant in the country has
given added momentum to the pace of development of the city.
The village is identified with Champaranya, the birth place of the Saint Vallabhacharya,
the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sectfor whom this place has religious sanctity.
A temple was constructed in honour of Guru Swamy Vallabhacharya.
Near to this Temple, there is the temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva.
Sirpur or Shripur the city of wealth has been mentioned in ancient
epigraphic records and dates back to a periods ranging from between
the Fifth and the Eighth century A.D. It was then the capital of the
Sarbhapuriya and Somvanshi Kings of Dakshin Kosala or Chhattigarh.
It was an important centre of Buddhist from the 6th the 10th century A.D.
and was visited by Hieun Tsang, the 7th Century Chinese Pilgrimist and Scholar.
Excavations in and around the village have yielded scores of temple sites
constructed of bricks, stone pillars and sculptures such as the Shiva Temple
of Panchayatan style and the beautiful sculpture of Mahishasuramardini.
Two Buddhist monasteries have also been found.
The Forest village Turturiya Situated on the bank of a spring called Turturiya or Sursuri Ganga
contains numerous buddhist remains of 8th Century A.D.
and the Brahmanical remains of later period.
The site yielded numerous exquisitely sculptured pillars, remains of STUPA made of fine bricks,
traces of bathing Ghats, Lingams figures of four armed Vishnu, Ganesha, a man hunting a lion
with sword and a man wrestling with an animal.
There are numerous heaps of ruins all of bricks, picked with stone.
The place is of a great archaeological and anthropological interest.
Situated on the right bank of the river Mahanadi was
one of the important urban centres in the Mahakoshal region.
It is famous for its fine group of temples. The main temple is
dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Rajivalochana Temple.
The twelve pillars of the temple have tall single figures
sculptured on the face like Durga with eight arms,
the Ganga and Yamuna and exquisitely carved incarnation of Vishnu, Rama,
Varaha (boar) and Narasimha (Man-cum-Lion) etc.
There is also a black stone statue of the Budha meditating underthe Bodhi tree.
There are other temples around the main temple
of Rajivalochana dedicated to different incarnations
of lord Vishnu such as Vamana (dwart) Narasimha
(Man-cum-Lion) Badrinath and Jagannath.
Of the ruins of numerous temples found nearby the most
remarkable is that of Kuleshvara Mahadeva Temple.
The tongue of the land on which the temple stands became severed from
the main land by the river and is now actually on an island.
Three inscriptions belonging to Somavanashis,
Nalas and Kalchuris are found here.
CULTURE OF INDIA
Indian culture is rich and diverse and as a result unique in its very own way.
Our manners, way of communicating with one another, etc
are one of the important components of our culture.
Even though we have accepted modern means of living, improved
our lifestyle, our values and beliefs still remain unchanged.
A person can change his way of clothing, way of eating
and living but the rich values in a person always remains
unchanged because they are deeply rooted within our hearts,
mind, body and soul which we receive from our culture.
Indian culture treats guests as god and serves them and takes
care of them as if they are a part and parcel of the family itself.
Even though we don't have anything to eat, the guests are never left
hungry and are always looked after by the members of the family.
Elders and the respect for elders is a major component in Indian culture.
Elders are the driving force for any family and hence the love
and respect for elders comes from within and is not artificial.
An individual takes blessings from his elders by touching their feet.
Elders drill and pass on the Indian culture within us as we grow.
"Respect one another" is another lesson that is taught from the books of Indian culture.
All people are alike and respecting one another is ones duty.
In foreign countries the relation between
the boss and the employee is like a master and slave
and is purely monetary whereas in Indian culture
the relation between the boss and the employee
is more like homely relations unlike foreign countries.
Helpful nature is another striking feature in our Indian culture.
Right from our early days of childhood we are taught
to help one another in need of help and distress.
If not monetary then at least in kind or non-monetary ways.
Indian culture tells us to multiply and distribute
joy and happiness and share sadness and pain.
It tells us that by all this we can develop co-operation
and better living amongst ourselves and
subsequently make this world a better place to live in.
Even though India is a country of various religions and caste our
culture tells us just one thing 'phir bhi dil hai hidustani '.
Namaste or Pranam --How we greet each other in India.
To greet a friend or another Indian,
We join our hands (palms together), bow down in front of the other person,
and say Namaste, Namaskar, or Pranam.
The Lord dwells in the heart of every human being.
This joining of hands symbolizes the meeting of two souls,
our real self actually meets Itself.
This signifies reverent Salutations and Unity of Souls.
Bowing down & joining hands symbolizes humility and also makes us humble.
Thus when we joins our hands and say Namaskar,
we actually see the Lord in the other persons and believe,
"I bow withdeep respects to the all-loving,
all-powerful and omnipresent (present everywhere) Lord in you."