“I’ve always been drawn to the unconventional. In school, while others dismissed chalk as just a tool, I saw potential. Using those simple pieces, I began carving intricate shapes, igniting my passion for miniature art. My school recognized my talent, but at home, questions arose about my chalk expenses. Yet, as a child, they indulged my curiosity. Watching ‘MAD’ on Pogo fueled my creativity, with Hanun Robert as my muse.
During my engineering studies, I delved into pencil lead carving, gradually realizing the need to showcase my creations. Starting a social media page was a turning point. Initially hesitant, my parents grew concerned about my career path, until they witnessed my growing success.
A viral mother and child carving on Facebook catapulted my work into the spotlight. Carving Lord Shiva and Buddha on a single lead tip became my signature.
Presenting a TEDx talk validated my craft while meeting former President Ram Nath Kovind at Jagriti Yatra was surreal. His recognition and a shared moment backstage marked a milestone. Media coverage followed, amplifying my journey from pastime to passion. What began as a simple hobby blossomed into a love affair with art, bringing unexpected attention and fulfillment.
Embracing my passion for art has taught me that in the pursuit of art, there are no limits, only boundless possibilities. Through dedication and perseverance, even the smallest pastime can evolve into a profound journey of self-discovery and fulfillment. As Pablo Picasso once said, ‘The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.’ So, let your passion guide you, for in the realm of art, every stroke is a testament to the beauty of life.”
– Dheeraj Kolla, Miniature Artist, Entrepreneur