Tamil Nadu

A fine work of art that awaits recognition

M. Srinivasan, art teacher seen with the carvings made by him in Vellore.Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy  

Sculpture is an art. But miniature sculpture is a fine art. The miniature sculptural carvings of the figures of great leaders such as Swami Vivekananda and Nethaji Subash Chandra Bose, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, carved on little chalk pieces by 33-year-old Srinivasan, give an insight into the sincerity, dedication and perseverance that has gone into their making. He is working as a part-time art teacher in the Government High School in Erthangal village in Gudiyatham taluk and Aditya Vidyashram Matriculation School in Kannikapuram in the same taluk.

“It took one-and-a-half hours for me to carve the Leaning Tower of Pisa,” said Mr. Srinivasan. .

Having completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in the College of Fine Arts, Chennai, he has carved more than 300 chalk-piece sculptures in the last five years that he has been engaged in this art. Besides, he has drawn `kirukkal oviyangal’ (`scribbling drawings’) on paper, which included the drawings of the pictures of leaders such as Gandhi, Nehru, Nethaji, Swamy Vivekananda and B.R. Ambedkar. He has also drawn different pictures of Lord Ganesa through his scribbling art.

Born to a coolie residing in Erthangal village, Mr. Srinivasan has also penned more than 500 Tamil poems, an area which interests him a lot. “I want to publish my poems, and also my scribbling pictures as books. But, because of my poverty, I am unable to get any help in my effort,” he said.

Mr. Srinivasan can be contacted in this number: 9585168049.

“It took one-and-a-half hours for me to carve the Leaning Tower of Pisa”

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