Karnataka

No clay or plaster of Paris for this artist

Creative: Artist Radha Mallappa has opened a museum of artworks made from seashells and conches at her residence at Hanumanthnagar in Mysore.

Creative: Artist Radha Mallappa has opened a museum of artworks made from seashells and conches at her residence at Hanumanthnagar in Mysore.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: ANURAG BASAVARAJ

Radha Mallappa has created an 11-ft tall idol of Ganesh using 260 kg of seashells and conches

For this Ganesh Chaturti, artist Radha Mallappa has created a very distinctive Ganesh idol. Instead of using clay or plaster of Paris, Ms. Mallappa, who has opened a museum of artworks made from seashells and conches at her residence, has crafted an 11-ft tall idol of Ganesh using 260 kg of seashells and conches.

It took three years for the artist to finish the idol.

“I worked almost 12 hours a day on the idol. As it was delicate work, it took time to create the idol. Barring seashells and conch shells, no other material has been used,” explained Ms. Mallappa, an ayurveda practitioner by profession.

The Ganesh idol was unveiled here on Wednesday. It is also open for public viewing.

Speaking to The Hindu, Ms. Mallappa said she used adhesive to attach the seashells. The pillar for putting up the idol has also been made from seashells, she added.

The artist procured seashells and conches from various parts of the country. “I bought shells from Kanyakumari and Mumbai. A dealer in Kanyakumari procured top quality seashells and conches from abroad. The shells are in different sizes and shapes, she said.

Around six months ago, Ms. Mallappa unveiled a replica of the Taj Mahal crafted from around 500 kg of seashells and conches. She took eight years to complete the impressive 10.5-ft tall structure.

She has also created a Shiva temple, which is around 10.5 ft in height, using 300 kg of seashells and conches. These artworks have been exhibited at her museum along with other creations such as a seashell fish aquarium, Buddha under the Bodhi tree and traditional lamps.

Ms. Mallappa plans to shift the museum if she gets a bigger space. “I requested the local authorities here to allot a plot where I could build a bigger museum for housing bigger artworks. So far, there has been no response,” she said.

Ms. Mallappa is also working on a replica of St. Philomena’s Church, a top tourist destination in Mysore. The artist’s next project is to create a replica of Amba Vilas Palace, the city’s prime landmark, in seashells and conches. “I have collected the shells but I don’t have sufficient space to take up new works.”

Ms. Mallappa’s museum is located near the Hanuman temple, behind Bannimantap grounds, at Hanumanthnagar here. The museum is open from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 pm. Call 9632080909 before visiting the museum.



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