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Rare skill: Nageswara Rao displaying miniature version of The Hindu. —
Rare skill: Nageswara Rao displaying miniature version of The Hindu. —

Yogendra Kalavalapalli

Darla Nageswara Rao has manually replicated the front page of The Hindu at one-fourth of its size in just 48 hours

HYDERABAD: Imagination has no boundaries. In an age when everything -- from computer chips to mobile gadgets -- are going the micro-way, how about a smaller version of a newspaper? Don’t worry.

There are no plans to reduce the size of the paper, but Darla Nageswara Rao, a senior artist at Government Central Press fancies a smaller version of The Hindu.

He doesn’t photocopy the paper, but replicates the front page by hand.

Inspired by everything going the miniature way, he decided to do something different with the talent he possesses. That’s how the idea of a miniature newspaper sprang.

So, front page of July 5 edition of The Hindu was replicated at one-fourth of its size in 48 hours.

Only the pictures were photocopied in colour while the rest - masthead, headings, text, advertisement, blurbs and side headings were all traced by hand using a Rotring 0.1 pen, an eye glass, gel ink pens and water colours.

“The idea is to reproduce every letter in every line and paragraph as they are aligned without any strikeovers or over writings,” he says. He doesn’t use an eraser further challenging his abilities.

In Guinness

This resident of Saroornagar has twice entered the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2006, he replicated newspapers of five Indian languages with the same dimensions and two years later, he repeated the feat in 13 languages, including Arabic and Assamese.

Hailing from Tenali, the ‘replica artiste’ came to Hyderabad in 1973 and learnt sculpting, temple paintings, idol etching, idol drawings, and granite etchings.

A recipient of ‘Replica Kala Praveena’ award, he is in talks with government agencies and NGOs to sponsor him so that his talent can be exhibited abroad.


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