His Innovative Paintings Are Spreading Awareness About COVID-19 #WATWB
Information is wealth and essential, more than ever today. But there are many who have no means to access it. This artist’s work on coronavirus can be exemplary for many who want to spread awareness.
Armed with a mask, paintbrushes, and paint, 25-year-old Somashekhar Gudipalli from Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur leaves for a 90-km journey to Kadiri village, every day. His mother makes sure he carries a lunch box as it’s going to be a long day for the final year student of Fine Arts at the Yogi Vemana University.
Since Somashekar has already taken permission from the police and local panchayat, no one stops him from entering the village despite a strict lockdown.
Over the next few hours, Somashekar paints a gorgeous picture of an old lady sporting a mask on the wall of a house.
He comes home by evening and begins prepping for another piece of street art in another village.
This has been Somashekar’s schedule ever since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to control the spread of COVID-19.
As his college is shut, for the time being, Somashekar has turned towards spreading awareness about coronavirus in his district through his artworks. He has made around 90 COVID-19-related paintings across 50 villages so far.
“Everyone in the village may not have access to a television, newspaper or internet to receive information about the ongoing pandemic. However, street painting can be seen by everyone and also works as a reminder. I aim to spread awareness about social distancing and other preventive measures among as many villagers as possible,” Somashekar shared with The Better India.
Along with some of his paintings, Somashekar also writes informative messages in his regional language.
Somashekar’s work reminds me of this quote, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
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May 31, 2020 12:13 am|
Such a great post Shilpa thank you! I hope that this message is spread far and wide – it’s such a good way to spread the message of mask wearing for those who don’t have access to the more modern forms of awareness. Somashekar’s quote is also wonderful. Thank you for also co-hosting this month.
May 31, 2020 12:56 am|
I love street art, but this is art of the extra special kind. Art with a message. My city has engaged local artists to depict life and images on the sides of buildings and other structures and this makes me wonder if a mask mural could show up – to send a message that it’s okay to keep others safe. Thanks for sharing this Shilpa and many thanks to Somashekhar for being so proactive with his art.
May 31, 2020 3:57 am|
Great job to bring awareness among village people. Hats off to him.
May 31, 2020 8:07 am|
That’s such a sweet, kind thing to do. It’s amazing and awe-inspiring that he goes to such trouble to spread awareness. Thank you for sharing.
May 31, 2020 12:29 pm|
He’s right! Street painting is available for everyone . It’s so wonderful that he travels 90km a day for this service to the community. Lovely post Shilpa. Thanks for co-hosting the WATWB.
June 1, 2020 2:08 am|
What a talented and thoughtful young man! Love the quote too, exemplifying his wisdom and energy at communicating with those who can benefit from his art.
June 1, 2020 9:24 am|
He’s a hero making the most of his superpower! I love the quote about not letting what I can’t do interfere with what I can. And I love this post!
June 1, 2020 3:11 pm|
What a lovely story, Shilpa. And what a giver, this young man Somashekhar Gudipalli. I adore that quote, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” Sort of says it all, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing and for cohosting this month.
June 1, 2020 8:14 pm|
So much talent and very inspiring indeed!
June 3, 2020 5:53 pm|
That is a wonderful project, both educational and forming historical records for the future. Thanks for sharing!
June 26, 2020 7:42 pm|
Beautiful and truly innovative and creative paintings with powerful depictions. i am impressed with somashekar and his commitment to spread awareness on COVID 19. Thanks for sharing shilpa.
June 30, 2020 2:15 am|
What a wonderful way to get the message across to those who can’t access mainstream media. Somashekar’s kindness might help save many. Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB.