Visakhapatnam: Despite financial crisis a few students pursuing Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Andhra University are finding ways and means to continue the course for burnishing their creative skills. Seeing the works, they weaved from imaginary worlds would surely leave observers delve deeper into knowing the persons behind. 

While catching up with them, one gets to grasp the amount of labour they have put in before coming up with wonderful art pieces. Some students hailing from interiors of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts have landed in Andhra University’s Department of Fine Arts.

Though they belong to financially backward families, they are with full of energy and high hopes to reach new heights in life. A case in point is each of them is going an extra mile to put together sufficient funds for completion of cost intensive projects that are part of the curriculum.

Chintal Vempati (30) from Narsipatnam, MFA second year student, who specialises in sculpture, recalls that he had kept gold of his family with pawn broker to get money for projects. “To do six projects in each semester, I spend Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per semester. Not to keep this burden on my family, I am doing outsourcing work in my field. This is also giving me exposure. Besides, I get SC scholarship,” he shares.

Knowing the students’ financial capacity, professors did not press the students for expensive works, he says.  Another student Siva Shankar from Rajam in Srikakulam district expresses that they do consider material costs before coming up with a proposal. “But it doesn’t mean that I will trouble myself with budget issue.

For me idea first, later project costs,” clarifies Shankar, who subscribes to ‘small is beautiful’ thought. Apparently, for this reason he might not have experienced big worries to raise money for projects. Shankar, who is in the discipline of printmaking, spends Rs 10,000 to 12,000 for each semester.  

Vizag student Ch Divya takes painting lessons and commission works to meet the expenses of project works. Giving credits to her parents and school drawing teacher for nurturing artistic taste, she admits without doing extra work course completion would never be possible. All these three students underscore that majority of the PG students in their department do part-time works to meet project costs. 

By Y Abhishek Paul