Ravi Prakash, Sunil Kumar Kushwaha and Rajnish Verma from rural Indian bagged the first prize in the International Snow Sculpturing Competition (ISSC) Japan Cup 2019. The three young men, from Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, combined resources and individual funds to participate in the event
A trio of artists from rural India won the country the first prize in the International Snow Sculpturing Competition (ISSC) Japan Cup 2019. Reportedly, Ravi Prakash, Sunil Kumar Kushwaha and Rajnish Verma combined their resources in order to participate in the event held in the Japanese city of Nayoro. Due to lack of government funding, Team India, titled Abhyuday, did not have adequate equipment, required for participating in the testing competition.
Despite the lack of advance sculpting tools, the three artists emerged at the top with their magnificent (3-meter long, 3-meter wide, and 4-meter high) snow sculpture of the Varaha Avatar of Lord Vishnu. The Indian team bagged the win in -25 degree Celsius, followed by Team Russia on the second position and Team Thailand on third.
Member of the organizing committee of Nayoro Sightseeing and Town Planning Association, Herman Leung applauded the Indian team’s performance. He said, “It was a pleasure to have the hardworking and talented Indian team compete and win the first prize in the competition.”
The success of the Indian team was made possible after tremendous efforts and unfading dedication. After missing out on an opportunity to attend a similar competition in Italy last month, the trio reached out to the Delhi-based non-profit organisation, Viswa Samanwayak Sangh that arranged their travel to Japan.
The team has previously won a special award at the World Snow Art Competition held in China last year. The trio will now be felicitated at the Jawaharlal Nehru University at the end of this month for their achievements.
Explaining their main goal, the artists asserted, “Our only endeavour is to make India proud in the field of Fine Arts all over the world. Financial gains have been secondary. We are inspired by our prime minister’s suggestions to youths to become self-dependent and contribute in making India a shining nation.”