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Gudiwada sisters Jyotsna and Haripriya of Guntur engrossed in cone painting the crown of Lord Venkesteswara. –
Gudiwada sisters Jyotsna and Haripriya of Guntur engrossed in cone painting the crown of Lord Venkesteswara. –

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They made a cone painting of Lord Venkateswara’s crown within 12 hours

It involves filling up of colours in small cones and embellishing the hand-drawn art with colour

They have drawn 50 portraits of various gods, images of nature, animals etc to date

GUNTUR: Two siblings, Gudiwada Jyotsna and Haripriya, artistes in cone painting, on Sunday took a shot at the Limca Book of Records by cone painting the crown of Lord Venkateshwara within 12 hours.

The siblings, popularly known as Gudiwada sisters, started cone painting Lord Venkateswara at 8 a.m. on a frame measuring 3 X 3.5 feet and completed the picture at 6.40 p.m., well within the stipulated time of 12 hours. The record of this achievement would be sent to the Limca Book of Records.

“We are tired but elated. It was difficult initially to concentrate but we overcame quickly and completed the entire image,” Jyotsna and Haripriya told The Hindu on Sunday. The whole event was organised at Centra Plaza in Kothapet.

The siblings embellished the crown with dots of paint from the cones for hours, breaking for just 40 minutes.

Unconventional

Cone painting is an unconventional art form and involves filling up of colours in small cones (similar to Mehendi cones) and then embellishing the hand-drawn art with tiny drops of colour.

The art requires creativity, skill, patience and imagination.

What started off as a pastime, developed into a full-scale passion for the Gudiwada sisters, who have now drawn almost 50 portraits of various gods, images of nature, various animals etc. They have been holding exhibitions of cone painting in Vijayawada, Hyderabad and Guntur.

Their skill was appreciated by Buddhist spiritual leader, Dalai Lama after the sisters presented him a cone-painted image of Gautam Buddha during the Kalachakra event held here in the year 2005.

Encouragement

The sisters were being supported by their parents, Gudiwada Jwala Somanadha Rao and Drapaudi Gudiwada Pulla Rao and the siblings were inspired by late Namburi Hanumantha Rao, the former Director of Cooperative Urban Bank.


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