GORAKHPUR, Feb. 15 -- Shabnam Memorial School, Barhalganj, Class VII topper, Abhishek Tripathi, 13, is popular among classmates and teachers as Little Artist, who can quickly carve out beautiful, micro-sculptures on chalk pieces with a surgical blade and a needle, an art he learnt on his own.

On January 26, he was felicitated for his talent by the school and recently, Chanakya Vichar Sanstha honoured him by giving him a medal.

Abhishek has carved chalk sticks into perfect micro-sculptures of Lord Ganesha, human faces, Santa Claus, Chankaya, Swami Vivekanand and others, and has even gifted his creations to friends, teachers and neighbours who have always lauded his talent. To give the art pieces an attractive look, they are also coloured c...