College student's love for metal engraving; artwork finds way to Los Angeles
Kuttikkol (Kasaragod): A young man is attracting attention with his creative hobby. Kolathingal native Vipin Raj is passionate about metal engraving and is using his leisure time for proving his talent in the art.
The artwork is completed on metal sheets that are 60 cm long and 40 cm wide. First he draws the intended picture with a pencil on the sheet. Then it is engraved on the sheet with the help of a nail-like chisel. Once the engraving is complete, the picture is framed.
Vipin has finished more than 10 such artworks including Rabindranath Tagore, ONV Kurup, APJ Abdul Kalam, dancing woman, peacock and mermaid. When Vipin was in class 10 at Kuttikkol Government high school, it was Nirmala teacher from Kanhangad who realised his talent in art and taught him metal engraving.
The artworks done by Vipin gained attention during School Work Experience Fair held at Udinoor. One of his engravings was bought for Rs 11,000 by an NRI from America. The metal engraving of a woman carrying a lamp is hung on the wall of a famous bar in Los Angeles.
Vipin said that upto Rs 2000 is spent for completing one picture on metal sheet. He is son of Kolathingal native Gangadharan and Bindu. He is a second year BBA student at Peoples Co-Operative Arts and Science College in Munnad.