An artwork by a peon has been selected as the cover of the Railway Ministry's booklet of achievements.
Shyam Sundar (35), working as a peon with the East Coast Railway headquarters in Bhubaneswar, was first spotted by a
Delhi-based ministry official when he won top honours at an inter-railway painting competition recently.
The booklet highlights the government's latest project - commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary.
The artist said the final painting that made it to the
10 inch x 10 inch cover was his third entry, as the two sample sketches drawn by him were rejected.
"In the first one I sent, Gandhiji and the crowd were looking at the camera, so it was not selected. In the second one, Gandhiji's face was not clear, but I got it right in the third attempt. It was all done and approved in one night because we were working on a tight deadline," Sundar, a graduate in art and craft from Utkal University of Culture, Bhubaneswar, said.
The booklet highlights the achievement of railways in the last four years and is sent to all public representatives.
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