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Bengaluru artist creates typewriter portrait of Wing Commander Abhinandan

Incidentally, Gurumurthy has attempted portraits of other leaders and famous personalities in the past using his typewriter. Photograph:( ANI )

ANI Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Mar 21, 2019, 11.04 PM (IST)

Ever since Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman returned to a hero`s welcome from Pakistan post the Pulwama operation, his gunslinger moustache and equally suave hairstyle has set a new fad among youngsters across the country.

Now, an artist from Bengaluru has attempted a pay a unique tribute to the IAF pilot. Using a manual typewriter, the artist AC Gurumurthy has typed out letters, symbols, numbers and special characters on the keyboard to flesh out a black and white portrait that closely resembles Varthaman, his swashbuckling moustache intact.

Gurumurthy said he took two hours over a period of two days to finish the portrait. 

"Unlike heroes in film, Abhinandan is a real hero. He bought real laurels to the country. It has inspired me," said Gurumurthy. 

"I appreciate his bravery and the night he returned to India, I made this attempt," the artist said.

Incidentally, Gurumurthy has attempted portraits of other leaders and famous personalities in the past using his typewriter.

Previously, he has churned out portraits of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalalitha, Mahatma Gandhi, former US president Barrack Obama, Mother Teresa and other prominent world figures.

It is a delight to see in action, Gurumurthy who used to work in a bank earlier. 

The artist uses large scale white sheets and goes clickety clat, using his fingers to repeatedly type on a key sometimes to create eyes, nose, hair and other facial features of the portraits. 

As the artist begins his portraits, initially his work resembles a jumble of lines and dots but wait a bit further and a work of art emerges.

The artist said he hopes to enter the Limca Book of Records and Guinness World Records with his feats.