One of the most defining aspects of the on-going anti-CAA protests has been the creativity displayed. From poems to posters, people raising their voice against CAA have used the power of art to peacefully and effectively get their point across.
And one of those creative, powerful voices is that of a 9 year old kid, SmitKabeer, who captured the spirit of protests in a beautiful painting.
SmitKabeer is a homeschooler who loves to play the tabla and lawn tennis. The son of Shubhangi Chetna and Chetan Raj, he attended the anti-CAA protests conducted in Mumbai and drew the painting to share his experience about the same.
The beautiful painting is not only an indication of his talent, but also a brilliant summation of the anti-CAA protests that have brought together a diverse group of people from all walks of life.
Made with ink on a 2’×3′ paper by a boy who asks a lot of questions (and is lucky to have parents who answer them with compassion and trust), understands the basics of the protests, and is willing to put his time and energy and art into spreading love – this is truly inspirational.
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One of the most heartening things about the on-going protests is the confluence of various artists in raising their voice in favor of democracy and freedom. And among those voices, this art made by 9-year old SmitKabeer is the most awe-inspiring for me. Insta is not fully equipped to show the beauty of this piece (please pinch and zoom to check the details) and i hope someday it’s displayed for public viewing. . . . . Made with ink on a 2’×3′ paper by a boy who asks a lot of questions (and is lucky to have parents who answer them with compassion and trust), understands the basics of the protests, and is willing to put his time and energy and art into spreading love – this is truly inspirational. Thanks @shubhachetan for sharing your art with your son and with us. . . . . #NoToNRC #NoToCAA #protectdemocracy #art #illustration #paper #sketch #pen
In conversation with ScoopWhoop, SmitKabeer’s mother, artist and illustrator Shubhangi Chetna talked about how he has always expressed himself through his drawings and writings. In fact, his mom shared that some of his earlier paintings on Aarey and Amazon, have even been published in LokSatta.
He reads a lot, so asks a lot of questions. For CAA ad NRC, we went to the protest and told him, see there are many people with us. So he drew this.
No doubt the way to save democracy is to teach the future generation what it means to live in an independent, inclusive world.