Fine arts: Students stump Zimbabweans

Written by: Suresh Parekh
Published: Saturday, November 11, 2000, 14:00 [IST]
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Indore: It was a dream come true for the four fine arts students of the famous IPS Academy, Indore. They entered the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at the stroke of lunch on Friday and soon rushed to the pavilion area without anybody's notice and started sketching the Zimbabwe players.

Anjali Sojatia (20), Sweta Bhaya (19), Diksha Shethi (19) and Karan Shah (18) started drawing sketches of Zimbabweans and were richly rewarded with autographs from the very "co-operative" visitors. The students also sketched a few pictures with cricketing surroundings.

"This is the first time that we are in the stadium and it is also for the first time that we are doing sketches of players. I think it is amazingly memorable experience," Sweta Bhaya, who did a portrait of Grant Flower watching the match from the stands, said.

The four fine arts students had many cricketing images in their imaginative minds and one of them went on to draw the two rollers, which were lying just behind the nets. One of them even sketched the galleries from which the spectators were watching the match.

The most amazing thing about these students was that they were very fast despite the disturbances from autograph hunters. Anjali Sojatia, who drew the sketch of Alistar Campbell, was richly rewarded when the player consented to autograph her work.

Gavin Rennie and Grant Flower, who were sitting near Campbell, also signed. "Indeed this is the experience of my life time. First I was not sure whether I would be allowed to enter the premises. Frankly speaking I never expected the players to put their autographs," Anjali, who loves to watch cricket, said.

All the four students said that they were overwhelmed by the response of the Zimbabwe players. They were very decent, humble, respectful and co-operative. They wondered if they could get a similar response from Indian cricketers.

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