Mangaluru, March 26, 2016 : Minister of State for Youth Empowerment and Sports and Fisheries K Abhayachandra Jain inaugurated Urban Haat, a dedicated cluster of nine buildings where artisans from different parts of the country can demonstrate, exhibit and sell their products.
In a repeat, art on a rice grain by Palli Chirangeevi from Tirumala attracted many as a 10-day national craft bazaar began at the Urban Haat of Dr. Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama on March 25, Friday.
As the visitors were keenly enquiring about the art, artist Chirangeevi drew Taj Mahal on a rice grain in five minutes using water colour. Now aged 27, he said that he has done such art on rice grains in the past seven years in great quantity. He started with the art when he was 19.
“I wanted to do something different since school days. I had interest in art and I chose this challenging art. My aim is to create a Guinness Record,” he said.
He has drawn the images of many national leaders like Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Abdul Kalam and Telugu poets on rice grains.
In addition, artist Chiranjeevi has also made art relating to Srinivasa Kalyana and Ramayana on tamarind seeds.
Then, C. Kamala and A. Chidambaram, a couple from Salem, have on display and sale gift products made by silk cocoon. They have gift products like flowers, gift cones, bouquets, garlands, wall hangers and products of interior decoration and the like.
Chidambaram said that the gift products were being made from cut cocoons. The couple have trained a number of women in making products from silk cocoon.
Tarak Majumdar from Kolkatta has displayed art works made from marble and metal dust. They are attached to jute sheets.
The bazaar has silk craft, leather goods, terra cotta, cane and jute products, dolls from Channapattana, metal products and the like. According to S.A. Prabhakara Sharma, Executive Director of the nisargadhama, 63 artisans having identify cards issued by the Union Ministry Textiles and Handlooms have registered in the bazaar to display products.
Executive director Sharma that the bazaar would remain open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., till April 3. There would be cultural activities in the evening till March 27.