|SHRI SHANKAR DRAWING A PICTURE (PHOTO COURTESY SHRI RAJU)|
When we were children, in our house Grand Father or Grand Mom or other Elders were narrating the stories from mythologies, to the extent they knew, But, the characters that come in the stories told by them like Rama, Krishna, Sita, Ravana or Sakuni, how they look, do we know? We could only try to imagine their features from the story heard from the elders.
However, children that grew up reading Chandamama never had any difficulty. The moment we read the story, we knew all the details of the characters about whom we just read. In pure and easy language, Chandamama presented all the epics in our mythologies like Ramayana, Maha Bharata, Bhagavata and not only these, but Devi Bhagavata, Veer Hanuman etc. to the Children. But in those mythological stories how Rama looked, Krishna dressed was wonderfully depicted bringing those great men before our eyes only one person. He is none other than our own Shri Shankar.
|MAHARSHI AGASTYA FROM THE HANDS OF SRI SHANKAR|
|MYSELF WITH SHRI SHANKAR|
Did Shri Shankar made any research to depict the pictures in the mythologies?
|CHANDAMAMA RAJUJEE WITH SHRI SHANKAR|
Drawing a few lines looking like some picture and seeing them in print a normal person calling himself an Artist, now a days if inquired would give a long winding self centered speech quoting lots of meaning less jargon. Compared to such people with arrogance, what a great man our Shankar Sir who is attributing all his art to the greatness of God. We bowed our heads in respect to him.
|LOOKING THE COVER PICTURE DRAWN BY HIM|
Did Shri Shankar draw pictures for any other Magazine?
|FELICITATION BY RAMAKRISHNA MATH|
|PICTURES DRAWN BY SHRI SHANKAR IN RAMAKRISHNA MATH PUBLICATION|
Ramakrishna Math organized a Drawing Competition for Children and awarded prizes for those who drew well. During the function, it was announced suddenly that "now a 85 year old boy would come and take an Award" saying so the Math invited Shri Shankar onto dias and felicitated him with Rs.5000 and a bronze statue of Shri Vivekananda. All this was narrated to us by Shri Shankar in a very enthusiastic manner.
Shankarjee, the mythological characters drawn by you, the ornaments you had depicted on the characters, the edifices etc were all great inspiration to many Movies based on epics. Did you not think of becoming an Art Director during your time. Moreover, Vijaya Pictures and Chandamama were sister concerns!
No, never. I never had any such interest. I was drawing my pictures, doing the work given to me. Chandamama treated me wonderfully with all affection. For all Artists (Myself, Chitra and Kesav-Shri Vaddadi Papaiah came later on) there was an exclusive Peon who should do our work only and nobody else should tell him any work. Nobody should enter our room without our permission. This Peon should come to us at our beck and call. There were arrangements to take a nap in the afternoons after lunch. Good salary. What else is required??
We asked him a bit naughtily, "Sir Why are you looking so serious on the day of your marriage" and he said....
Haven't I just got married? That's why, saying so he guffawed. " Don't you think that one's responsibilities increase after marriage, thinking about my responsibilities, may be I was serious", he added. Showing his Wife sitting there hearing our conversation, he said, "Behind every successful man there is always a woman and before what all I achieved, active role of my Wife is definitely there. She has always been taking care of my necessities. She never disturbed me when I was drawing a picture. Only because she has been taking good care of me I am able to work well and do good work.
THERE ARE FANS FOR SHRI SHANKAR'S PICTURES WORLD OVER.
ALL THESE FANS WERE ONCE CHILDREN
ALL THESE FANS WERE ONCE CHILDREN
JUST CLICK ON THE WORLD MAP AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS
THIS ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF MY EARLIER ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED EXCLUSIVELY FOR SHRI SHANKAR AS HE COULD NOT READ TELUGU SCRIPT, ALTHOUGH SPEAKS FLUENTLY