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…Only five and already he has a signature style.

Shorya Mahanot, an abstract artist whose paintings have been exhibited at RK Laxman’s house and at The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai has become the talk of the town. In fact, Cartoonist RK Laxman welcomed Shorya to his residence and was left speechless by his works.

Renowned five-year old abstract painting master Shorya Mahanot would showcase his art works at
Kalidas Academy, Ujjain. Shorya has already painted 150 canvases ever since his family realized his
talent two years ago.

Shorya has painted over a hundred abstracts since he first started, and he is among one of the few child artists in the world who have had their works exhibited. He is also one of the lucky few to have been allotted a privileged space, the hotel’s Chambers Terrace which hosted Obama’s speech in Mumbai and the World Cup Celebration, for his show in the city.

The most significant aspect of Shorya’s paintings is they have a signature unique to Shorya that all great artists across the globe uphold. Each of his painting has a style of his own and yet subtly they are all related to each other. But he is simply oblivious of the magic that his brush creates.

He’s no different from a regular, naughty four-year-old kid. But one look at his canvases and you know that there’s more to the persona of Shorya Mahanot. One of the youngest abstract artists… Shorya’s brushwork has depth and there’s beautiful usage of colours.

Six-year-old prodigy Shorya Mahanot, who features among the world’s top three child artists, was in the city to receive blessings from Pune’s very own Common Man, RK Laxman. “My father wanted to meet Shorya when I told him about the child. He said that he would like to see the child paint,” Said Usha, Daughter of RK Laxman. Laxman blessed the child and gifted him an autographed paintbrush, while his wife Kamal Laxman also presented a small gift to the child.

From bold brushstrokes to covering parts of a canvas with chart paper and letting colour drip over, Mahanot uses techniques he was never taught.

Child prodigy Shorya Mahanot from Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh receives blessings from the legendary cartoonist RK Laxman