Berhampur, December 24 (LocalWire): A local artist from Silk City has carved out a miniature 1.4-cm Santa Claus on the lead of a pencil to mark the festive spirit of Christmas, the biggest festival of Christians here.
The 50-year old artist, Hari Govinda Maharana, is an auto-mechanic by profession and carved the miniature Santa Claus on the graphite lead of a colour pencil.
He has decided to display it in a church on Christmas to attract children.
According to Maharana, it took him two days to carve the miniature Santa Claus.
“I made it during my leisure time,” he said, adding that besides creating an attraction for children, he also wants to spread the message of communal harmony through his effort.
“This also aimed to spread communal harmony in the society and world peace,” he stated.
“Younger generation can make such artifacts during their leisure period without wasting their time in other works like chatting on mobile or watching TV,” he said.
He further stated that the miniature cost him Rs five for the colour pencil, while he used a blade to carved it and used white paints to make the Santa.
Maharana had earlier made chariots and idols by using the spices on the occasion of Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath and also a tri-colour by using different grains.
He also made a big logo of Swacch Bharat by using the iron rods and carved a six-mm miniature idol of Ganesh on the pencil lead.
His logo of Swachh Bharat is presently displayed at the premises of the office of Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC), while his other artifacts are displayed at his house in Sriram Nagar area here.
Maharana also said that he wants to make some special sculpture during each festival to attract the attention of the people, particularly the younger generation.
“My family members and some friends also encourage me to do this,” he stated.