Vi­ral Hanu­man artist on cloud nine af­ter praise from the PM

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - HTCITY MY CITY -­ ■ Naina Arora ■ naina.arora@ hin­dus­tan­

I was shocked when I saw the record­ing of the PM tak­ing my name (Modi called him the pride of Man­galuru). He ap­pre­ci­ated my art. He no­ticed me.


Karan Acharya is on cloud nine. HT had re­ported how the Hanu­man vec­tor artist’s graphic had gone vi­ral and was be­ing used by peo­ple through­out the coun­try. Later, at an elec­tion rally in Kar­nataka recently, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi praised the young graphic artist, who is a na­tive of vil­lage Kudlu in Kasaragod. Modi called him the “pride of Man­galuru”.

Acharya says the praise by the PM is a “dream come true” and the “big­gest achieve­ment of his life”. He re­calls be­ing “sur­prised and shocked” when he first heard that Modi had men­tioned his name. “I started get­ting a lot of calls in of­fice. I was scared that some­thing had hap­pened. This is when my friends mes­saged me say­ing that Modi ji praised had me. Kabhi socha nahin tha. I was shocked when I saw the live record­ing of the PM tak­ing my name. He ap­pre­ci­ated my art (smiles). He no­ticed me!”

Acharya once again be­came a pop­u­lar key­word on Twit­ter in the fol­low­ing days. As a ges­ture of grat­i­tude for recog­nis­ing his work, the artist has made a dig­i­tal paint­ing of PM Modi. “I had wished that one day he’d ap­pre­ci­ate my work.. and I had thought maybe 10 years down the line in the fu­ture, he will (laughs). I called my mum af­ter see­ing the video, but she al­ready knew [about it], as peo­ple had started to con­grat­u­late her. She was im­mensely happy,” re­calls Acharya.

The artist, who is busy dab­bling in var­i­ous projects, has a start-up planned.“We are a team in Hy­der­abad and are get­ting a lot of projects. I am cur­rently busy in de­sign­ing for a con­fer­ence on can­cer pre­ven­tion. I plan to con­tinue paint­ing... Mu­jhe abhi aur seekhna hain. Abhi bahut baaki hain seekhne ke liye (I still have to learn a lot),” he says.

He also plans to share his talent and knowl­edge with the world through a YouTube chan­nel. “Dig­i­tal is the fu­ture. Be­cause of so much work, go­ing [out] and teach­ing is dif­fi­cult. So, I plan to up­load tu­to­rial videos (2D, dig­i­tal art) for bud­ding artists, as videos reach ev­ery­one. We also plan to do a demon­stra­tion for young kids in the colony I am cur­rently stay­ing in Hy­der­abad,” Acharya

signs off.

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