Independence Day through the micro-lens

Meet Ramagiri Swarika who chose to show her patriotism through miniature artworks

By Author  |  Published: 14th Aug 2019  9:16 pm
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The 73rd Independence Day holds a lot of meaning for young people in Hyderabad, who have their own unique way of expressing patriotic fervour. While many plan to hoist the tricolour, meet friends or participate in youth-oriented events, 23-year-old Ramagiri Swarika has found her unique inimitable style to celebrate the day.

Noted for her prowess in micro-art, to mark the Independence Day celebrations, the youngster painstakingly wrote the national anthem on sesame seeds. Often referred as the first girl from Old City to dabble in micro-art, Swarika also drew the tricolour on one sesame seed. Small mediums don’t pose any challenge to her who wrote patriotic messages such as ‘I Love My India’ on a blade of human hair and ‘I Love India’ on a chalk piece and the entire ‘Vande Mataram’ song on a few rice grains.

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The artist quite skilfully drew India map, national emblem and the national anthem on a chalk piece as well.“I wanted to do something unique on the occasion of India’s 73rd Independence Day celebrations. I felt my art work will inspire other youngsters in Hyderabad, especially girls to take up unique hobbies and excel in them,” she says.

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Swarika explains that one need to have loads of patience when working with such tiny mediums. “The work involves fine detailing and needs lot of focus. I use a lot of needles and many items like rice grains, hair, almonds, sesame and even tamarind seeds as my canvas,” she adds.

The young artist is set to receive the ‘Rashtriya Puraskar’ award from North Delhi Cultural Academy being the first young female micro-artist on August 20 from Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy in New Delhi. “I am very excited to be recognised at a National level. I never thought that my passion for micro-art will be so rewarding,” says Swarika, who is pursuing her first year of LLB in Aurora Law College.