Sushmitha Manne started pursuing the art in third grade and would spend her childhood days practicing day and night not just to hone her skill but also to give a creative shape to her thoughts. Meet the pro in micro art who even broke the High Range Book Of World Records.
Social media played an important role in Sushmitha’s life as her videos and pictures began going viral and brought her the much-needed recognition. Her pencil lead carvings as small as 0.5mm are a hit among her patrons who admire her artistic talent.
“Initially, I would use chalk pieces and later shifted to pencil. I still remember that my first micro art was my mom’s name. I come from a family of farmers and my parents always encouraged me to become successful,” she says about her journey and adds, “I came to Hyderabad to pursue BTech and that’s when my classmates noticed my talent and advised me to share my work online.”
Sushmitha even donates leftover pencils to the needy. Where she would previously take about seven hours to finish one carving, now she can do it within an hour. Due to the pandemic, the artist moved back to her hometown and is experimenting with something new.
Sushmitha’s dedication and passion helped her achieve the Karmaveera Chakra Award from IIT Delhi and a national award as ‘Prathibha Shiromani’ from Score More Foundation.
From carving names and key chains to human faces — you name it and she has done it. And what’s more, her products are a hit even in the US, Australia and London.
The talented artist even presented actor Vijay Deverakonda with her art. “I carved his name and shared it online. One day, I got a call from Vijay’s office asking me to meet him. I presented it to him and he appreciated my work. That’s one of the best moments of my career,” she concludes.
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