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Vegetable wonder:V. Ganga Parvati with her carvings of vegetables at her home in Guntur.
GUNTUR: She breathes life into vegetables. Her creativity oozes from her skills in carving various figures from vegetables.
V. Ganga Parvathi, who lives at Arundelpet, has been religiously perfecting the skill of vegetable carving for the last 10 years.
The desire to dabble in vegetable carving germinated when she had gone to attend a buffet. The beautiful shapes of carved vegetables kindled a desire to learn the art.
Back home, she began carving images of boat from `keera,' and then she honed her skills by carving images of ‘Banjara Doll,' and birds made out by carving Radish.
On a warm afternoon, Ms. Parvathi displayed her skill by carving images of an aeroplane, crocodile etc.
“In the beginning, I was a bit apprehensive. But after my exhibits began to be appreciated by visitors at various exhibitions, I felt confident. It is my desire to breathe life into fruits and vegetables that keep me going,'' Ms. Parvathi said.
In the recent years, her exhibits have become a regular feature at the annual Horticultural Show.
She said she was encouraged by the support given by educationist N. Manga Devi, senior officials including the then collectors Hiralal Samaria, K. Ramakrishna Rao.
“I have made over 500 images by carving vegetables and it takes about six hours to design. The shelf life of each exhibit is 12 hours,'' she said.
Ms Parvathi also recollected the continuous support given by her husband, V. Kaleswara Rao, who works as a manager in a Tobacco Company and her two sons.
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