An Exclusive Interview with Multiple Record Holder Artist Manjit Kashyap

Manjit was also selected to perform in India Got Talent in the year 2016

By Prasenjit Deb and Prasun Goswami

As we seat at our homes during the lockdown scrolling our Facebook feeds, this young artist seems to put the feeds on fire.

Manjit Kashyap, acclaimed fame in social media amidst this lockdown by displaying his fire art portraying Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

He can paint with both his hands and legs and holds 3 times record at India Book of Records, record holder for World Record Association (Hong Kong), Record Holder Republic (USA), Miraculous World Record, Assist World Record, Unique World Record, Assam Book of Record etc.

Manjit also worked as an Art Teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Duliajan. Presently he runs an Art School named YDM Art School at Makum.

Speaking to Midage Media, Manjit informed that his artworks contains 1615 portraits on an eggshell, National Anthem of India on a single grain of rice, State Anthem on a single grain of rice, 14 portraits of 14 Presidents of Independent India on 14 mustard seeds, Portrait of Celebrities like Rishi Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput on a single grain of rice.

Midage Media comes in an exclusive conversation with this artist.

Midage Media- You have been micro painting portraits in rice grains and mustard seeds. Please share with us about the technique.

Manjit- There is no secret to this form of art. I have drawn my inspiration from Mahabharata. Arjun was asked to shoot at a fish’s eye. He had deeply concentrated in the eye prior shooting the arrow.

I too meditate for hours visualizing the rice grain for hours prior painting. Then I make the painting using my brush at a one go and a single breath. I try to minimize the number of strokes required to make the painting.

I believe this technique is already illustrated in our scriptures. I am an avid follower of the same and this gives me inspiration and strength to pursue this form of painting.

Midage Media- Please, share with us about your professional qualifications.

Manjit- I have completed my Bachelors in Finer Arts from Gujarat. Then I worked in a paid internship with Balaji Telefilms in Mumbai. Then I came back to Assam.

Midage Media- Please, share with us about your experience at India’s Got Talent.

Manjit- I must say I had a hard-luck and I missed the opportunity. While at Mumbai I used to go for auditions at various events. I landed up at the audition for India’s Got Talent. After I performed there, I was assured that I will be receiving a call from their side.

After I came back to Assam, I started working in a school at Doomdooma. There we need to keep our phones switched off during the work hours. One day after I had switched on my phone I saw that India’s Got Talent had tried contacting me for 78 times. I missed their call. And hence I lost the opportunity.

Midage Media: We saw an appeal by you where you appealed people not to misuse your talent by requesting you to paint without compensation. Can you share with us about that incident?

Manjit- I keep receiving requests from known and strangers for painting their portraits in a rice grain. I oblige. But they hardly pay me compensation.

I was insulted by a stranger who had asked me to paint. I requested her to provide me paint materials as I ran out of my resources in this lockdown. I am presently jobless from last six months. She did not rather insulted my talent. This had made me go through a severe depression.

Right now I am having a financial crunch and is not able to paint owing to my scarcity.

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