Eight-year-old Sunayna Adlakha adores Salman Khan, loves to read Ruskin Bond, doesn’t mind a game of basketball and is a professional artist.
By Suhita Roy
When you first speak to eight-year-old Sunayna Adlakha, she comes across as shy and soft-spoken. It’s only when you see her work on canvas that you realise this quiet young girl is a storehouse of talent!
Noted artist SH Raza not only complimented her but also wanted to buy her paintings at debut solo show, titled, ‘I look, I perceive, I paint’, held recently at New Delhi’s Alliance Française.
“When she starts painting, she forgets about everything including eating and drinking,” says her doting mother Kim, a social worker who runs Uttam, a charitable school for underprivileged girls in Ghaziabad.
A student of Sanskriti School, New Delhi, Sunayna paints whatever catches her imagination, be it her pet Misty, a peacock or just a riot of colours. Quiz her about her next work of art and she says, “I want to paint my mother.” She picks up the brush only on days when there’s no school and then, she can be locked in her room for hours. She doesn’t like to talk to anyone while she’s painting, Kim tells us, “She says, it’s my world and space; I don’t want anyone to interfere.”
It came as a pleasant surprise for the family when Sunayna started to draw at the age of three. “She has done about 40 paintings so far and loves to draw on huge canvases. It’s not unusual to see my little girl sitting in the middle of a huge canvas and drawing.”
Apart from her passion for painting, this young talent loves playing basketball and dancing to Bollywood numbers. Her favourite actor is Salman Khan and she loved watching Bajrangi Bhaijaan. She also loves reading books by Ruskin Bond.
About the exhibition, the little painter says, “I liked it when SH Raza said my paintings were nice. I just love to paint…” Well, we love that about you as well, Sunayna!
In veteran artist S.H. Raza’s words: “Sunayna plays imaginatively with colours, her watercolours are very strong, though she doesn’t have an idiom of her own yet. I feel she should continue with her abstract works, but shall discover herself what suits her best; let it happen.”