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Updated: February 9, 2013 15:04 IST

Clay magic: ‘Nataratna’ at his natural best

T. Lalith Singh
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Daggubati Venkateshwar Rao inspecting the statue of NTR made in Hyderabad. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
THE HINDU Daggubati Venkateshwar Rao inspecting the statue of NTR made in Hyderabad. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

In a larger-than-life size, the clay model presents former Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao in his most popular pose.

The right hand resting on the waist and the left stretched out in his inimitable style, it captures the actor-politician in his charismatic best.

Following the decision on installing NTR’s statue in Parliament, a model in clay has been readied by sculptors, D.Maya Charya and D. Nagamaya Narayana Charya. At their home in the dingy lanes of Dilsukhnagar, the brothers worked for 45 days to come up with the model which won appreciation from NTR’s son-in-law D. Venkateswara Rao here on Friday.

A team of officials from Parliament also visited the Charya residence for a look at the model. Once the formal approval is received, a metal statue for installation in Parliament will be made in the same mould as prepared in clay, say the sculptor brothers.

“The model is good and depicts NTR well,” said Dr.Venkateswara Rao who came along with his son, D.Hitesh.

“It is now a matter of official approval, and the work on the original statue will begin soon,” he added.

Maya Charya said their work had also been appreciated by Union Minister D. Purandeswari. “She liked it very much and approved the presentation,” he says.

For the Charya family, big assignments such as this are not new, for Parliament already has two representations sculpted by them.

“The statues of Acharya N.G.Ranga and Tanguturi Prakasam present there were made by our father Devu Sankar,” said Nagamaya Charya.

“We are eager to start work on the bronze statue of NTR and are awaiting official clearances. It will be nine feet high, and we expect it to weigh around 700 kg,” said Maya Charya.

The present model was made of wood and iron skeleton and nearly 40 bags of clay.

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