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Creativity takes courage

Creativity takes courage

Let us cast our attention on a portraitist, sculptor, inventor and patent holder. These are not several people but a single man. Yes, all these artistic versatility in an individual, a man with miraculous imagination and the courage to turn it into reality, Wajid Khan.

Early
Life

Every
artist was first an amateur”

Wajid
Khan is an Indore based artist, born on 10 March 1981 in a small
village Songiri in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. He
belongs to a down-to-earth family which is primarily engaged in
farming, though his father has a small restaurant in Mandsaur and his
mother is also a prodigious yet concealed artist.

Art
enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
– Thomas Merton

Wajid
ceased his education in fifth grade and left home to explore himself.
In his initial years of struggle, he used to buy and sell used
clothes to make money. The footpath was his home and stale food his
meals. But the warmth of his fondness and knack towards art was
enough to keep him going. In the meantime, he used to indulge himself
in robot designing and experimenting.

Inventions

“Creativity
is intelligence having fun.” –
Albert
Einstein

In
1995, at the age 14, he invented the world’s smallest electric
iron, which was later named in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Later on, he invented a water theft device and a centralized
touch-activated switch for household appliances.He created world’s
first 3D painting on canvas and then in 2003 he invented a Light
sensor & Gear Locking. Till now, he has nearly 200 inventions in
his name.

Awards

Khan
has been awarded by the former president APJ Abdul Kalam thrice. He
has his name written in Guinness and Limca book of world records and
India Book of Records.

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” – Dalai Lama

Works

He
has specialized in carving canvas with iron nails. Not limiting his
versatility to this, he used auto-parts and medical equipment in his
creations. In the year 2005, he completed his first nail painting of
Mahatma Gandhi. It took him three years to finish it.Then he made
portraits of Mother Mary, Lord Jesus, Sai Baba and much more through
nails. He used spare parts of Mercedes Benz, Hero Honda, Passion
Plus bike and made a sculpture depicting a racing horse with its
jockey.

In
an interview with Hindustan Times, he said: “The idea of
creating a painting using the spare parts of automobiles came after I
saw unutilized and mundane things lying in junkyards and then and
there I thought why not utilize them in my next creation.”

When
I was young, I admired intelligent people,now that I am old, I admire
kind people.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel.

In
2014, he made an image of a crying girl using medical equipment
supporting Save Girl Child campaign. His other works include a
portrait of Mahatma Gandhi made by bullets, and he has been
commissioned to design a sculpture for 2022 FIFA World Cup, to be
held in Qatar. One of his artworks is beautifying Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Struggle
and Challenges

When
asked about his dawn, emotionally but proudly he said ” I have
had a humble life till 2010. Necessities seemed privileges when I had
to toil for food, cloth, and shelter. But all of it came to an end
when my artwork got sold for 20 Lakh rupees.”

A
heart that beats for many.

He
then added “When life was on a smooth road and hard days were
quite, an uneasy quietness used to nag me. So I decided to teach art
and help others.”. His this kind-hearted approach resulted in
teaching blind children art. Khan took a workshop and taught spoon
art to street children for free of cost so that they can earn money
for living. Also, in February 2016, Wajid Khan announced to donate
Rs. 2 billion. to poor children.

Inspiration

While
talking with Indian Achievers Story, he said “nature has always
fascinated me. You would find nature in many of my art pieces.
Inspiration and motivation, both are bottled up and extended in
nature for me.”

Heart
speaks and brain agrees.

Climb
the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

He
revealed his magnificent beliefs, and wisdom when he said: “Let
us drop our spectacles.” Explaining it, he added “if you
wear yellow lenses, the whole world would seem yellow. So just drop
your lenses and see the world with real-natural-normal vision. You
would see every color, genuinely. We must drop the spectacles of
religion, caste, class, and country. Life is beyond all these
issues.” And absolutely great his words were, drop that
particular lens as the world has more beautiful and colorful scenes
to offer you, why to miss them?

Art
in hands, humanity in heart, great ideas in the brain and the courage
to turn reels into reality, Wajid, no doubt is an achiever, our
Indian Achiever.

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