When he turned 10, Osman began to travel to temples around the island with his father and help him. Slowly, he too, mastered the art of painting. While studying at Maligakanda Maha Vidyalaya, art was Osman’s favorite subject. Not only did he always have the highest grades in his class for art, but he actually enjoyed learning to draw and paint. While traveling to cities and villages far and wide with his father, Osman learnt various Jataka stories, met many a Buddhist priest and made many friends. He won the village Vesak lantern competition every May and listened to his friends sing Bakthi Geetha every Poson.
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