Mangalore, Oct. 1, 2011: This boy possesses extraordinary painting skills. As you gaze at him painting on the canvas using both his hands, with music in the background, you will be wonderstruck as to what he is up to. Nevertheless, it will take a very few minutes, not more than four, for you to realise that a beautiful painting has emerged out of the colours splashed haphazardly. The very next moment you just can not stop but salute him for the incredible talent.
Meet Vilas Nayak, a boy from the small town called Ujire who has made it to the tinsel town Mumbai and has created a great bunch of fan following him after he entered into the finals of one of the popular reality shows on television- ‘India’s Got Talent’. His painting skills have received nation-wide appreciation, for the uniqueness he has adopted in the painting by going off the track. He calls his painting style as ‘Hues n Tunes’ for he splashes the colours and paints a picture in the backdrop of music which suits the painting theme.
He is acclaimed to be one of the fastest painters in the nation, as he has proved his capacity by painting on the five to six feet tall canvas within three minutes.
A self taught artist, Vilas developed interest in painting when he was six year old. Son of Vasudeva Nayak (who owns a petty shop in Sullia) and Jayashree Nayak, Vilas has fought all odds to become what he is today. Even in the absence of promoters or a strong back up to push him in the field, he made it big by using the talent and sheer dedication.
Speaking to City Herald over phone from Mumbai, amidst the busy shooting schedule for his final performance, Vilas Nayak expressed immense joy for reaching the finals of a reality show which had lakhs of entries.
He said the only reason which made him to participate in reality shows including India’s Got Talent and Kannada reality show Super Star of Karnataka (in which he was the finalist) was to spread his art form to the nook and corner and create a niche in the art field.
“I feel that I have partially achieved my goal of reaching the public. When I look back, there is lot of difference between my painting and the recognition that I get now and then.
At this moment, I would not mind even if I lose the contest as my journey till date has provided me the platform and opportunity that I was looking for,” he says.An achievement would always demand something in return and so has been the case of Vilas. He says that he has worked quite hard for the last one and a half years to achieve the speed and accuracy in painting. “It is definitely not a bed of roses. What you see on television may sound simple, but in reality it is not so. A simple error would just scrap the painting. It is all a risk factor,” he says and adds “I have sacrificed a lot to achieve my goal. Though painting is my life, I work for a company (HR in IBM, Bangalore) to earn my livelihood. Amidst my love for painting and work for livelihood, I have sacrificed my social life.”
Art is life
Ask him what painting means to him and there comes the reply: “It is my way of living.” As he states nature is the inspiration behind his art work, he dreams of taking his art world wide. “I would like to convey socially relevant message through my art. When I painted ‘Sharing and Caring,’ a portrait of Mother Teresa holding a baby, I received huge response and that is where you feel the life of artist worth living,” he puts it. He has drawn inspiration from famous artists B K S Varma and Demmy Dent from USA.
Like any other participant, he too had his share of memorable experience amidst the celebrities in the IGT. According to him, the most excited moment was when the family members of late Bollywood actor Amzad Khan invited him to their house as they were mesmerised by his painting of Gabbar Singh of Sholay fame. “They showered me all the appreciations which was so new to me,” he says. When a celebrity judge, who was carried away by his painting said “You are so talented that I am jealous of you,” too made him proud.
Alumni of SDM College Ujire, Vilas had secured 7th rank in the BA exam, followed by 2nd rank in MSW from Mysore University. As a student, he had bagged several awards to his credit. He owes a lot to his parents, friends and lecturers who supported him to the core and made him stand where he is today. Though he said that he has no immediate plans, he wishes to hold an exhibition of his paintings in Bangalore within three months.
Magician charms too
Mangalore has gained the momentum, for two final participants in the IGT are from the coastal district. If Vilas Nayak has mesmerised through his paintings, another Mangalore based magician Kudroli Ganesh and his team has created wonders through magic. Probably magic would not have gained so popularity in the show, if Ganesh’s team had not blended Yakshagaana and Tulu art form performances with magic. Kudoli Ganesh who is happy for being one of the finalists among the six, says that his intention is to promote the art and culture of the coastal district nation wide. “It is for the same reason I have blended Yakshagana, Bhootha Kola in my magic performances and it has really worked out,” he says.
Courtesy: Deccan Herald (Written by: Akshatha M)