Young artist Ashok Kumar made a painting of the Golden Temple - Limca Book of Records

Young artist Ashok Kumar made a painting of theGolden Temple - Limca Book of Records

Firm determination and strong will power can surely make anyone unlock the doors to success. Same holds true for this 23-year-old artist ' Ashok Kumar, who has made a painting of the Golden Temple that stands 15 feet tall and is 51 feet in length. It took him almost three years to complete the masterpiece.

Ashok said, ''Around three years ago, I had a dream where I visualized myself painting the Golden Temple. I decided to realize my thoughts. After the final touches, I would display the masterpiece to the world.''

The painter belongs to a middle class family and had to undergo many hurdles during the task. Ashok said the public support helped him. ''I used 1,350 pencils, 2,600 small and 4,000 big brushes and thousands of colours. I even plan to use 20 tolas of gold to give the art a realistic appeal,'' he said.

Discussing his future plans, Ashok said, ''I want to fight social evils like dowry and female foeticide. I would depict the pain faced by women in my next painting.'' He claimed that his name was already listed in Limca Book of World Records for this work of art and he also hopes to reach the Guinness Book. He said, ''I would like to have the painting on display at a public place such as an airport, bus stand or railway station. This way more people could see it.''

Ashok's proud father Khazan Kumar said, ''I am pleased with my son for having painted such a beautiful depiction of the historic place. The boy was so engrossed in the task that he even forgot his family and friends.''
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