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ARTISTIC: Rakesh Kumar Sharma displaying the masterpieces in Tiruchi. Photo: R. Ashok
ARTISTIC: Rakesh Kumar Sharma displaying the masterpieces in Tiruchi. Photo: R. Ashok

Staff Reporter

Art works fetch money for scout movement

TIRUCHI: Scout movement inculcates a sense of selfless service, personality development and compassion. Scouts are involved in various activities all over the world, but only a few outsmart the others in their service.

A young scout from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, has come up with a unique technique to donate money to the All India Boy Scouts Association, as his contribution for promoting the scout movement.

"A piece of rough wood may appear to be waste material. But, it means much more to me - a lion, a woman, a banyan tree or a hill," he says.

A rough piece of tamarind wood is more than enough for him to make a model of hillock, with some minute carvings and a couple of coatings of paint. He spends about Rs. 500 for purchasing a piece of wood. "I work on it for about a couple of weeks and make it into a piece of art," he says with a twinkle in his eyes. The piece may fetch him about Rs. 5,000 or so. He contributes 50 per cent of the sale proceeds to the association.

He is equally talented in making miniature models. "On a small piece of chalk, I have carved out a beautiful image," he says.

Sharma was the cynosure of all eyes when he presented one of his handicrafts to a delegate at the All-India triennial conference of the All-India Boy Scouts Association here on Saturday.




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