Odisha lad Roshan paints his way to win national award

Kalahandi/New Delhi: His tiny hands could barely hold the brush and easel with ease but he was firm on giving shape to his dream of a clean India. Hardly 10 years old, Roshan Rana painted his dream of  Swacchha Bharat in myriad hues and drew the attention of none other than the crusader of the campaign Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Winning accolades for his creativity, Roshan was lauded by the PM for winning the national level painting competition titled ‘Mo Swapnara Swacchha Bharat’ a Government of India initiative. The young lad from Kalahandi was awarded at Gandhi Jayanti function organized at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday. Roshan also happens to be the youngest fine artist to bag a National award.

Hailing from Bhangabari village under Sadar police limits of Kalahandi district, Roshan is student of Bhangabari Upper Primary school. While his father works as a labourer in Tamil Nadu, rest of family are engaged in agriculture and pottery works. Though he hails from a poor family that struggles to make both ends meet, that has never deterred the boy from giving wings to his imagination through his paintings which he started doing pretty early in life.

Roshan’s painting

As a part of the competition, Roshan participated in the district level and stood first and went on to win the state level competition as well to get through to the national level. Also winning the national award, Roshan received a cash award of Rs 1 lakh along with a Letter of Appreciation from the Prime Minister.

Awaiting his return from Delhi, Roshan’s mother has been restless to welcome her son back. Even the villagers are also excited to receive the little painter who brought to limelight an otherwise unknown village.  “He has learnt everything on his own and shows a lot of interest in drawing anything he sees, be it natural landscape or human faces. He has made us all proud. I hope he succeeds in all his future endeavours and goes places,” his mother Mohini Rana said to OTV.

His teacher in school is also full of appreciation for the class V student. ‘’A good student, Roshan has always shown promise through his paintings,’’ said headmistress of his school.