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Story of Yuvraj’s fight against cancer on canvas
Shashank Shekhar, Hindustan Times
Noida, May 17, 2012
First Published: 10:33 IST(17/5/2012)
Last Updated: 10:37 IST(17/5/2012)

Universal shades of fortitude and fighting spirit have found expression on a canvas with the strokes of a city-based painter.

The painting, which depicts cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s battle against cancer, can be an inspiration for others, says the artist Pranava Prakash who gifted the cricketer his own life-size portrait at his Gurgaon residence.

“I wanted to paint Yuvraj as a source of inspiration for young generation. When I learnt that Yuvraj was fighting so energetically and strongly against the deadly disease, I thought it can be a source of inspiration. His fighting spirit has infused confidence in others who are fighting the same battle,” Prakash said.

The painting, ‘Yuvistrong’ describes the World Cup hero as a champion, energetic, courageous and fighter.

According to Prakash, Yuvraj was overwhelmed to see the picture.

“Yuvraj said this painting is just like him, very colourful and very stylish. It represents his character so well.”

Prakash, a medical practitioner and an MBA from IMT, Ghaziabad, said he is inspired by the pop art legends of 1960’s, Andy Warhol and he tries to show different colours  of Indian culture with the help of his imagination and creative skills.

Recently, Pranava’s painting exhibition was caught in a controversy for showing fashion model Poonam Pandey and Bollywood actress Vidya Balan in nude.

The painter was attacked by some miscreant in Noida Espace Alternative Art Gallery in February 2012, where he exhibited his several paintings including, the nude portraits of MF Hussain and Arundhati Roy.


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