How Presel Divakaran captured collective childhoods with his art

As lecturers and fogeys throughout the nation work their method round on-line training, triggered by COVID-19 pandemic, {a photograph} of a kid throughout class is making the rounds of social media. It reveals the younger pupil, a boy, mendacity on his abdomen on the bench, hanging face all the way down to the bottom misplaced in his personal world, whereas his grandmother takes down notes learn out by a instructor on the display. Titled ‘Reality of Online Class’, the photograph has struck a chord with folks coming to phrases with the brand new actuality; UAE-based Presel Divakaran, nevertheless noticed the image in another way. He noticed the kid as imagining the outside – open skies, a smiling solar, animals, birds and bushes – and drew a digital portray of it and posted it on his Facebook web page.

Presel Divakaran  

“I was surprised by the response. I posted it on my profile at night on July 23, and when I woke up in morning this awaited me,” says Divakaran who works as supervisor in a UAE-based firm. Among those that shared it was director Aashiq Abu. Thanks to that picture, which was shared greater than 2000 occasions from Divakaran’s Facebook web page, in a single day he acquired greater than 1500 good friend requests. “One reason it went viral was that Aashiq Abu shared it,” the 37 year-old says. This work, maybe, struck a chord as college students, lecturers and fogeys throughout the nation are working their method round on-line training.

The art work was instinctive and completed on his iPad Pro in 15 minutes. “It brought back memories of my childhood, all our childhoods perhaps. While others noted the child’s mischief what I saw was his ideal world – from a child’s point of view. I didn’t think it would garner this sort of a response, I haven’t even put my signature on it,” he says. Divakaran is self-taught, “My father is our guru – my brother’s and mine.” His art is impressed by present affairs. This is the primary time any of his works has acquired this sort of consideration.

His tackle on-line training? “It is a challenge for children and parents too!”

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