Courtesy Shalini Joshi, BBC News, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
An eight-year-old boy in India who specialises in animation for films has begun teaching his skills to adults.
Aman Rehman, from Dehradun in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, is also seeking to win a Guinness Book of World Records â€œYoung Achieverâ€ award.
Aman learned computers while his friends played in the fields and has made more than 1,000 animated movies.
He is known as the â€œLittle Bill Gatesâ€ – famous all over the state after learning his trade as a toddler.
Aman comes from a humble background. His father is an illiterate scooter mechanic and has to support four children – Aman being the youngest – along with his wife.
When one reaches the clock tower of Dehradun and asks for his address it seems everybody knows him as Computerwala Bachha.
Aman showed interest in computers at the tender age of three.
â€œHis father bought a second-hand computer for our oldest son. We never imagined that it would be remotely interesting to our youngest son. But he was fascinated by it and watched his brotherâ€™s every move on the cursor,â€ Amanâ€™s mother Shabnam Rehman remembers.
â€œAfter his brother went to college Aman used to work on the computer secretly. I was scared at that time but by Allahâ€™s grace he has made all of us proud.â€
Amanâ€™s father, M Rehman, says that at first he never realised his sonâ€™s talent.
â€œMy friends advised me to introduce him to some computer experts but they did not take him seriously,â€ he said.
But after a week of immense lobbying Mr Rehman convinced the authorities at Dehradunâ€™s College of Interactive Arts to watch his son perform on the computers.
After seeing his skills, the college offered him a place. Within a month he had written his own program and had learnt the animation course in less than three months – it normally takes 15 months to complete.
Aman has now applied for an entry in the in the Young Achieverâ€™s category of the Guinness Book of World Records.
â€œI am the youngest computer animator. No other child of my age can make animation movies,â€ he says proudly.
â€œI am sure that I will get an entry into the Guinness book and am waiting for that big day.â€
His father claims that an Australian company has made approaches to his son, but both are adamant that they want to carry on working in India.
In recognizing his computer skills, the College of Interactive Arts has now provided him with a scholarship, the state government has given him a laptop and 100,000 rupees ($2,073).
â€œSuch is the price of a child prodigy these days,â€ said one member of staff.