Painting a brighter future for art lovers from poor families – The New Indian Express


Express press service

ONGOLE: This art teacher working at Andhra Pradesh Dr BR Ambedkar Gurukalam in Veligonda is on a mission to train aspiring painters for free. During his 29 years of service, Kommu Prasada Rao has provided free coaching to hundreds of students. Many of them received accolades for their performance. Some of them became art teachers in various public and private educational institutions.

Prasada Rao belongs to a middle class family from Kakarla village in Marripudi mandal of Prakasam district. After finishing Intermediate, he was inspired by his drawing teacher and famous artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Vaddadi Papaiah, Damerla RamaRao and several others.

Later, he joined Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University-Hyderabad scoring 10th in the entrance examination. During his university years, Prasada Rao participated in several art exhibitions. His work was appreciated by art lovers.

In 1993 Prasada Rao was appointed an art teacher at AP Social Welfare Gurukula in Tsundur in Guntur district in 1993. Since then he has trained a number of students in the fields of drawing and sculpture . His students have received appreciations and medals in various national, state and regional drawing competitions. “I am aware that students from poor families are not able to spend money to learn fine arts. So I made the decision to give free training classes to all enthusiastic students,” Prasada Rao told TNIE Prasada Rao was honored with the best teacher award in the state and received a medal, certificate and was congratulated by former minister Kanna Lakshmi Narayana in 2013. In 2014 he was awarded the Kadapa Fine Arts Academy – Fine Arts Award. Later, in 2014, Prasada Rao was shortlisted for the Bapu Award presented by Dream Young and Children’s Academy – Vijayawada.

The art teacher received appreciation and kudos from Prakasam Collector for designing the PA Department of Social Welfare painting displayed during the 2019 Independence Day celebrations which took place held at the Ongole Police Parade Ground.

“I want to train my students as nature-friendly, peaceful and generous people. My students work hard to create message-oriented designs on environmental protection, human rights, education, cleanliness and Swachh Bharat, wildlife conservation, global warming and natural farming” , he added.

Recently, his students – K Pawan Kalyan and J Isaac, who are in class 7 – won gold medals in the drawing competition of the Union Ministry of Water Resources and won 2,000 cash prizes. “My students, Karunakar, Pawan Kalyan, Narasimha Rao, George Rao and Veerendra, won five gold and two silver medals at the national level drawing competitions ‘Dream Young and Children’s Academy’,” beamed Prasada Rao.

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