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Anukriti Sharma | Tuesday, 18 April 2017 AT 10:03 AM IST
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Rahul Khismatrao, an engineering student, is trying to help renowned artist Vinod Mangeshkar live peacefully

We have all heard and known that life tests us in many ways but the one who faces adversity and still stands tall is the strongest. Vinod Mangeshkar is one such name that will instantly ring a bell for those who have been avid art lovers. The artist who won appreciation from the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the age of four for the portrait he drew of him, and went on to set a record for making the biggest painting of Lord Hanuman in just two days, is today forced to make a living as a security guard.

Mangeshkar’s love affair with drawing began right from childhood. But life was not kind to him. He lost his parents in the Panshet floods in Pune. So a Punjabi man from Delhi adopted him. He spent more than 10 years in Delhi and then when he reached his earning age, he decided to move to Mumbai. After just a few months of struggle, his talent was appreciated and he started designing sets for Hindi films. He went on to work with Ramesh Sippy, Rajesh Khanna, Padmini Kolhapure, Jeetendra, Mumtaz and many more famous names.

But after achieving so much, Mangeshkar seems to have gone into oblivion, at least for people. The artist, who now resides in Pune, works as a security guard to make ends meet. Rahul Khismatrao, a third year electronic engineering student from Pune was introduced to Mangeshkar by his teacher, Bharat Janaj and through their common area of interest — art. He saw the plight of such a talented artist and decided to raise funds for him.

Khistmatrao is looking to raise over Rs 12 lakh which will be used to pay off Mangeshkar’s medical loans and also start a school to teach art. Shares Khismatrao, “Mangeshkar has been working as a watchman since the past two years. He had a heart attack a few months back and had to get a bypass surgery done. But even after being such a talented artist, he is left with really less money and has to still repay a loan of almost Rs 8-9 lakh. So we are trying to raise funds and fulfill his dream of creating an art academy to provide free education to interested students.”

Khismatrao, in order to raise funds for Mangeshkar, resorted to milaap.org which gives a platform for people to contribute and help people who need them. He shares, “We wish to raise Rs 15 lakh so that Mangeshkar can live the rest of his life happily and peacefully.”

To help Rahul Khismatrao raise fund for Vinod Mangeshkar, you can visit  https://milaap.org/fundraisers/helpvinodmangeshkar

The writer can be followed on Twitter @sh_anukriti

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