Monday, April 20, 2015 - 05:30
When Ajish Purushothaman got a smartphone as a wedding anniversary gift from his wife Shiji, he did know that it would be a turning point in his life. Ajish, who hails from Kerala’s Malappuram district, works in Calicut University as a storekeeper. He is a self-trained artist and has created paintings on his smartphone, using his finger as the brush and the touch screen as a canvas. It was in May 2014, Shiji gifted him a Sony M2 mobile phone, which had an inbuilt application called "Sketch" generally used for photo editing. Ajish soon started drawing even though the app is basic without many tools. "Years ago I had a Nokia 3315. It had the option to draw pictures but only with dots. That was the beginning, I used to practice in it,” he says. Ajish does not consider himself a professional artist but art is his passion. “I have to catch a train to reach my home after work. I usually wait for almost one hour daily. So during this time I practice drawing in my phone,” he says. Ajish has drawn around 70 pictures in just 10 months and has named his works as Kuthivara, which means "drawing without rules". He has his own Facebook page where, he claims, each new picture that he posts gets him more than 1,500 views every time. “Many people used to call and appreciate,” he says. When he crossed 50 drawings, an exhibition was conducted at Calicut University, where a huge number of art lovers attended. “I had many limitations to learn drawing at my childhood, even though I was interested. But now am happy that maybe my drawings are first of its kind in Kerala,” he says. When Ajish told Sony officials about how he has used their app they did not believe it until he showed them his work. “They were not ready to believe those drawings were drawn using this simple app,” he says.  
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