Andhra Pradesh

Winning hearts with small things

N. Ravikumar with his awards at his residence in Vijayawada.

N. Ravikumar with his awards at his residence in Vijayawada.  

Nadipalli Ravikumar is an avid artist drawing images and painting them ever since he was a child. Somewhere along the line, he developed a fancy for all things small and decided to try his hand at micro art.

Gifted with artistic fingers, an eye for detail and enormous patience, the key traits for success in the ‘miniature’ art world, he set out to hone his skills using chalk pieces, pencil leads and soaps as his canvasses. While creating his own small world of carvings, he realised there is magic in micro. “It can be a great strain on the eye and demands full attention as long as you are working on a piece, but the end result gives immense satisfaction,” he says.

Once adept in the art, there was no stopping Mr. Ravikumar, who used all possible tiny things around him to satiate his urge to turn them into pieces of art.

In 2015, at the time of Godavari Pushkaralu, he carved an image of Godavari Thalli on a chalk piece and gifted it to the then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. “He must have got many big gifts in his life but I was sure that mine would stand out,” he smiles.

Last year was one of the high points for this artist who is now the Head of the Fine Arts Department in Montessory College in city. He designed the smallest calender (0.7mmx0.7mm), smaller than the thumbnail, using ordinary paper. It had 12 tiny pages with dates, months and weeks. “I succeeded in breaking the record of a 1.5-cm-long calendar designed by an artist in Kerala,” he says. Mr. Ravikumar’s feat was recognised by seven different world records.

He has recently received an honorary doctorate bestowed by Tamil University.

His achievements include 18 world records for his different works and service to the less privileged sections in various capacities such as the district Chairman of the Lion’s Club, president of the Bezawada Fine Arts Academy, organising secretary of the Academy of Creative Arts and member National Green Corps among many other posts.

“Regardless of its form, people should enjoy and appreciate art,” he says emphatically.

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