The Man Who Drew A Thousand Souls, and More.
Whoever said it’s too late to follow your dreams has certainly not met the 82-year-old retired station director from All India Radio (AIR). With over 3000 portraits ranging from the faces of well-known personalities, to the faces of loving families drawn by him, Sankara Narayan remains true to his passion, even to this day. Dedicating three to five hours of his time every single day, he ensures at least one portrait is created from dawn to dusk. Sankara Narayan’s way with a pencil and paper goes beyond perfection, his portraits are known for their flawless details.
All this began soon after his retirement, when his late wife Shanta, along with Narayan’s brother, Bapu insisted that he pursue what he loves the most, art. Interestingly, Sankara Narayan began sending two copies of his portraits to prominent individuals, requesting for an autographed portrait in return. Today, his portraits have gotten to homes far, and wide including, those of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Dhanush, Shahrukh Khan, Rajinikanth, Shabana Azmi, and Amitabh Bachchan.
The enormous amount of affection and appreciation artists get for their art are what keeps them going. Likewise, for Sankara Narayan, the immense response and encouragement that came from his family, friends and art enthusiasts kept him driven to draw stunning portraits. Every artist has an intention behind creating art, Sankara Narayan’s purpose for art is to preserve legendary personalities from the beginning of time, in the eyes of the youth.
To complement to his talent, he, along with a close family member, Sridevi Mullapudi published a book titled, ‘Kalam Rekhalu’, where several portraits drawn by him, have been featured. There is never enough amount of recognition for an artist’s labour, and Sankara Narayan’s desire to make elegantly meaningful art, only substantiates that, his art is worthy of massive recognition. To have a glimpse of what dedication at 82 looks like, make sure to explore his world of portraits on sankarportraits.com.
Rene Magritte said, “Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist”. Ironically it is the perpetual thirst of artists like Sankara Narayan, which remains a mystery to a society who is afraid to dream and hope. It is they, who remind each one of us that, it isn’t about ‘when’, but it is about “if” you will ever dare follow your dreams.
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