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He carves out figures and a niche for himself

T. Saravanan

He has created many miniatures. What attracts the most is the chalk carving of a chessboard with pieces.



FIGURING IT OUT HIMSELF: Siva at it now. — PHOTO: K. GANESAN.

MADURAI: Give him a chalk and within 30 minutes he comes up with a beautiful miniature carving. From the Petronas twin towers of Malaysia to Valluvar Kottam, the landmarks and idols of Hindu deities come alive on his hands. It speaks volumes about D. Siva's expertise in chalk carving.

He does not use any magnifying glass to carve his miniatures; still the precision of his work is quite amazing. He is also interested in taking up challenging works. He has a number of carvings, which include a spring and independent rings connected together. But what surprises many is the fact that he was not aware of carving or drawing till he completed school.

"It might seem to many as a hobby but I have taken it up more seriously. Our house is located very near to the Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple and during free time I used to frequent the temple. Many a time I was astonished to see the brilliant stone carvings that ignited the creativity in me. Then I started working on clay. Even now for every Vinayagar Chathurthi I make the clay model of Vinayaga idol for our own use," says Siva, who works as a public relation officer in an educational institution.

He has many miniature carvings to his credit. But what attracts the most is the chalk carving of a chessboard with pieces, which measures less than three cm in area.

"Each square on a chessboard measures three centimetres and I wanted to carve a chessboard which can fit inside a single square of a normal board. It took me two days and 15 chalk pieces before I perfected the carving, which I considered to be challenging," he says.

He also has a miniature carving of an elephant. This carving, which measures less than a millimetre, took just 30 minutes for him to complete without wasting a single chalk piece.

His other carvings include fighter aircraft, pen and idols of Lord Vinayaga and Lord Natarajar. His sole aim now is to enter into record books for which he is striving hard. He is also trying to carve a chessboard of less than two cm measurement.

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