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Brimming with talent

B.U. Vidya with her trophies.

"THERE WERE three men. They mended fences. They met seven elves... " goes a story written by 11-year-old B.U. Vidya. But how is this story any different from the usual fairytales we read? "I have used only the vowel `E' in the entire story," she explains. Now, that's really peculiar! Vidya, who has a special fascination for words, designs word games, besides writing poems and stories.

Vidya equally enjoys dabbling with colours. So, instead of playing around with her peers or watching television in her free time, this sixth standard kid prefers to spend her evenings with her paints and brushes. Her favourite theme is nature. She has also done many paintings depicting Holi, Diwali, and other festivals.

Her parents, who have discovered the child's special talents, have ensured that she has a packed schedule. So, back from her school, Sree Vani Education Centre, she is busy either with her drawing classes (thrice a week) or with her studies. But isn't that a case of all work and no play? "No, I really enjoy painting and drawing," she protests. She is currently learning drawing from Lalitha Hoysala. She adds, after a pause: "I like to paint as it gives me complete freedom. I can choose any theme. It's only in competitions that we are given a particular theme or subject." This young artist has won 42 prizes in State and National-level painting and drawing competitions. Silver prize in the Young Indians-National drawing and painting competition, Certificate of Merit at the All India Camel Colours Contest, and the third prize in a contest by Nehru Smaraka Vidya Kendra Trust are some among them. Two of her illustrations have been published in The Quest supplement brought out by The Hindu.

Music, she tells us, is her latest passion. And she has participated in the E-TV Kannada's Bhavasangama programme and the Young World Group Music Competition, organised by The Hindu.

And there's more! Vidya is the topper in her class and "loves maths and science". She tells us that she wants to become an engineer. Will she give up singing and painting when she becomes one? Vidya is not sure, but right now, she seems more than happy with her hands full.


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