BHUBANESWAR: Bijay Biswal was an ordinary man until Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a special mention during his “Maan Ki Baat’ session on June 26 last year. Biswal, working as a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) with the Nagpur Division of the Indian railways, has turned the ordinary backdrop of his everyday life – trains, platforms and tracks into beautiful acrylic paintings.
After getting a special mention in “Maan Ki Baat’ session, his paintings went viral on social media and soon became a household name in the country. Now, he is travelling to several cities showcasing his talent. He was recently felicitated in Bhubaneswar on the occasion of Nalco’s foundation day.
As a child, he used to be a chalk addict, all the wall and floors of his house were covered with drawings made with chalk. He didn’t care much for a canvas or paint; the walls gave him a bigger surface to express his emotions, and the chalk gave him the fluidity. This didn’t make his parents happy; they wanted him to have a government job and find something more stable.