Berhampur, September 3 (LocalWire): The miniature sculptures of lord Ganesh, made out of chalk, waste papers and the pencil-lead by two artists in the Silk City was the major attraction for visitors here during Ganesh Chaturthi on Monday.
Fifty-year-old Hari Govinda Moharana, who made a 6mm-tall lord Ganesh using graphite lead of a pencil, displayed his idol at the community puja pandal near Sri Ram Nagara, here.
Similarly, Satya Maharana, who carved the smallest idol of lord Ganesh out of chalk, displayed it at his house at Nilakanta Nagara in Bijipur. The height of the idol in chalk was 1.50 mm.
Satya also made a Ganesh on a chariot driven by his mouse, using newspaper and other materials. The height of the chariot is 7 mm, while the height of the idol is 4 mm, he said.
“I have taken around three days to make it by using waste paper, waste rakhi and gums, Satya stated.
“By making this miniature sculpture using waste materials, I want to spread the message that waste materials can be utilised to make the attractive artifacts,” the 35-year old Satya, a businessman, said.
Claiming that the miniature chalk artifact was the smallest idol of lord Ganesh, he has sent a request to different record books for recognition.
Earlier he had set records in different record books by making the miniature chariot of Lord Jagannath.
Hari Govinda, an auto-mechanic said he has made such a miniature Ganesh using the pencil lead to attract the new generation towards art and culture.
“Younger generation can make such artifacts during their leisure period without wasting time,” he said, adding that, “I carved it in a colour pencil, which costs only Rs 5, using a simple blade. It took me around three hours.”
Earlier, Hari Govind attracted the attention by making a chariot and idols by using the spices on the occasion of Ratha Yatra and making a tri-color by using different grains. He also made a big logo of Swacch Bharat by using iron rods.