Every year on April 21, World Creativity and Innovation day is observed to encourage people to generate new ideas to make the world a better place to live in.

There is a saying: “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” For this, you need to generate creative thinking, new ideas and make use of these ideas in doing new and innovative things. To put it simply, creative thinking leads to innovation.

Runal Rajbongshi | PC@runal-rainbow

So, on this World Creativity and Innovation Day, we spoke to Runal Rajbongshi from Tezpur, Assam, who has been inducted into the India book of records 2021 and Asia book of records for ‘Maximum portraits painted on River stones.’

An illustration of Srimanta Sankardev by Runal Rajbongshi | PC@runal-rainbow

He believes that he doesn’t want to limit his creativity on just paper but several things. So he painted images of Assamese icons like Srimanta Sankardev, Bishnu Prasad Rabha and Dr Bhupen Hazarika on river stones.

Speaking to VibesMojo, Runal shared about his childhood and said, “Since childhood, I was more interested in creative paintings and arts. I remember when I was a child, my father used to teach me to paint and after he expired, I learned painting from my Guru, Shyam Sundar Prasad, from whom I’ve learned the basics. Then I used my experience with paint and tried t-shirt painting, oil and glass paintings, painting on stones, etc.”

Art by Runal Rajbongshi | PC@runal-rainbow

He also talked about his first achievements and said that he was the one from Tezpur College to win a Gold medal at the 2012 Youth Festival held at Gauhati University.

When asked how painting the images of great Assamese icons on river stones came to his mind, he said, “See, nowadays the youths are more inclined and interested in the western culture. They are almost forgetting what precious things our culture possesses. So during the lockdown, I used to collect river stones and painted the images of the Assam icons. I thought what if I put life on the stones by creating portraits of the Assam’s great figures on it so that the newer generations somehow get some inspiration and know about the significance of our culture.”

“After this, I’ve submitted my works to India’s book of record through online and after all reviewing process I got selected for holding the record of ‘Maximum portraits painted on River stones’. Later on, I too applied for the Asia book of record for the maximum number of stones and with god’s grace, I achieved the title of ‘Grand Master’ by Asia book of records 2021 for painting maximum portraits on a total of 25 river stones”, he added.

Speaking on his future ventures, he said that he does not have such plans because he is presently focusing on himself and his skills. But he said, “someday, maybe, I’ll come up with something new for you all.”

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