Kolkata: When the name Waseypur, a locality comes into our mind, it always brings up a picture of crimes and gang wars. But like many other parts of the world, this place has people, who have extraordinary talents and are struggling with one or other challenges in their lives.
One such teenager is Adil Aftab. The senior secondary student passed out with 82 per cent marks, wants to become a software engineer and applied at a college in Kolkata, but getting admission into engineering college is not his problem.
18-year-old Adil’s mother, Shagufta Aftab has to undergo a kidney transplant and his family has no money to fund it.
Shagufta and her husband Aftab Alam, used to run a female tailoring shop in Waseypur itself, in which Shagufta used to cut the clothes, but as she is sick now, the shop is also shut down for over two months now.
So to fund her mother’s treatment, the 18-year-old son, who is also an artist, wishes to sell his digital artworks as well as sketches and paintings.
45-year-old Shagufta, mother of two is under treatment at Fortis Hospital, Kolkata. Shagufta and Aftab’s first child is a daughter, she is a commerce graduate.
“The transplant will cost Rs 10 lakhs and we have no such money. Till now we have already spent two lakhs on different tests, medicines and dialysis. So I want to sell my artwork if it can save the life of my mother,” informed Adil to eNewsroom.
The young artist says about his work, “Most of the time, I sketch my emotions. Sometimes, I also sketch cartoon characters.”
Adil’s artworks look refreshing and meaningful too. However, he says, “I have not taken any professional training and nobody has guided me about it.”
“My sister-in-law is giving her kidney to my wife, but I do not know how we will bear the cost of the transplant. Now, every week three dialysis are taking place and every time it costs around 4 thousand rupees. After two months the transplant will take place and during which we have to arrange money for the treatment,” said Aftab.
It has not been easy for Adil to do these works of art when his mother is critically ill. “For the last seven years Ammi is not well and since last year when lockdown had begun, her condition has deteriorated fast,” rued Adil.
Adil says he can make art on the demand of art lovers also. “And, I have not fixed any price for my work. One can pay any amount, as per his and her capacity,” he added.
Would you like to buy the artwork of Waseypur’s young artist?