Karimnagar: Revelli Shankar, a sand artist who has impressed people across the State with several sand sculptures on various occasions, has exhibited his skill on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Telangana writer Kaloji Narayana Rao in a different way – making a bust sized sculpture of the poet using maize flour.
With no scope of exhibiting a sand sculpture of Kaloji in any forum outside on account of the Covid-19 scare, Shankar decided to make a flour-based sculpture at his Mankammathota residence in Karimnagar town as a personal tribute to the great writer whose birth anniversary was celebrated on Tuesday.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Shankar said he usually uses some instruments to make sand sculptures. In the making of the Kaloji sculpture, however, he did not use a single instrument. “I only used my fingers and nails to make it, using three kg of flour dough. It took me three hours to complete the sculpture,” he said.
A native of Kukkalaguduru of Peddapalli district, Shankar is now settled in Karimnagar town and has made about 80 sand sculptures, including that of IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao which was displayed at a public meeting at SRR college ground here in March 2019. It had the people attending the meeting raving about his talent.
World Telugu Mahasabhalu, pulse polio, Badradi Ramadasu at Nelakondapalli of Khammam district, Shiva Lingam on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri at Vemulawada are among the highlights of Shankar’s sand art.
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