Shopkeeper brushes up his painting skills; draws over 150 sketches sitting in shop
Sulthan Bathery: Sathyan, a 55-year-old man here has turned his accounts book at his shop into a canvas of beautiful portraits. He is a running a shop which sells grocery, tea and snacks in front of Sree Rama temple at Ponkuzhi in Muthanga.
When COVID-19 turned a villain, only a few customers were visiting his shop. Hence, he decided to brush up his painting skills during the free time at the shop.
For Sathyan, painting is not only a hobby but also a perfect method to overcome stress from the crisis. He is also a social worker and is a native of Kallur in Noolpuzha panchayat.
“During my childhood, I loved painting. But I did not get any encouragement or facility to learn painting. When I was forced to quit my studies due to problems in life, I failed to continue painting,” said Sathyan.
Sathyan brushed up his painting skills during the lockdown days. His elder son Sambath who studies at National Institute of Design encouraged him to continue painting after finding few of his sketches.
“I was motivated a lot by my son’s words. I am painting on white paper using a pen. The visuals I come across and interesting subjects are the themes for my paintings. Usually, I finish a painting within a stretch. As the sale is down, I got plenty of time for my paintings,” said this artist.
He had drawn over 150 paintings while sitting at his shop. But unfortunately, all these paintings were destroyed as his shop was inundated by flood waters.
Though he was disappointed, he continued painting with more energy.
As a social worker, he is active in solving the problems of the public. He took effort for legal battle and protests for assuring drinking water and electricity to Adivasi community here.