A class nine student, Anujath Sidhu Vinayal, from Thrissur depicted the unpaid work of women in painting and now the artwork is the new cover page of an important government document. According to a local media outlet, Minister Thomas Isaac mentioned Vinayal's painting title 'My Mother and Mothers in the Neighborhood' while presenting the budget allocation for women empowerment. The painting has been selected as the cover of the Gender Budget document of the government of Kerala for the year 2020-2021.
Painting by Anujath Sindhu Vinayal, a 9th standard school boy from Thrissur, Kerala, depicting the unpaid work of women. He has titled it 'My Mother and other mothers in the neighborhood'. This is the cover page of the Gender Budget document of the Govt Of Kerala for the year. pic.twitter.com/B3fshkSSVN— Anupama A S (@Anupama_Appu) February 9, 2020
While speaking to the media outlet Vinayal said he had lost his mother, Sindhu, to ill-health last year and his family is yet to recover from her untimely demise. He further told the reporters that he started painting when he was barely four, and it was his mother who identified his interest with the brush. He added that his mother encouraged him to make each painting better than the previous one.
He also said that his mother's faith and his father's support gives him hope to pursue his painting professionally after he completes his studies. His father reportedly said that he is most proud of the theme of the painting. He said that his son drew the painting when he was 10 and the artwork still conveys a great message. Vinayal's family also used to tell him about the efforts taken by his mother and all mothers around him and in nurturing her children.
The ninth class student also received praises from several internet users.
Terrific @Anupama_Appu and @PoMoGandhi. @CMOKerala certainly leads in empathy with women.Very thoughtful to use this little boy's "Mother" painting as cover on gender budget. Hope other States will follow. @ganeshnadar12 @nandtara @AUThackeray @OfficeofUT— Olga Tellis (@OlgaTellis) February 10, 2020
Such a beautiful, touching picture from this talented all-rounder. He sees what many older men cant see-the love and dedication that women put into their unpaid but critical work without which none of us would survive. I learnt from an article that his mother passed away. Tragic.— Anjali Mehta (@Anjmeh) February 9, 2020
It is truly amazing. I hope both the painting and the boy who painted receive a larger recognition and appreciation! So moving and telling!— ravi kumar verma (@ravi_rverma) February 9, 2020
According to reports, in February, Gender-specific Kerala Budget Finance Minister allocated Rs 3,809 crore to the Women’s Welfare Programmes. Further, the Budget outlay is 18.4 per cent of the total outlay which is a marked increase from the previous budgets.