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Karatanjali – the exhibition from heart and mind of an artist: Dinesh Holla

Artistic thoughts emerging out from the depth of mind, with artful and heartfelt thoughts, when falls on any object and the resultant works of art, gives pleasure to many art loving souls, which become the encouragement for the growth of an artist. Shri Venkataramana Bhat from Udupi has used his creativity on the coconut shells. He has collected and converted the coconut shells, hither to considered as waste and thrown to garbage, in to beautiful pieces of art  bubbling with artistic spirit and conducted an exhibition in Prasad Art Gallery of Mangalore. Each artwork is better than the other. His persistent effort and hard work could shape the rough and hard shells of coconut in to such art pieces with soul in it. Artists work with patience and concentration for creating a new artwork, this artist has converted the rough coconut shells in to beautiful pieces of artworks.




Normally, there is vast difference in paintings on canvas with colours and brushes and this type of handicraft works. Here artist has to put more effort with patience and concentration till he achieves the resultant shape he needs. He has carved different looks of Ganapathy on coconut shells, and the expressions and postures of Dancing Ganapathy appears quite natural. One can see his Artistic expertise by observing the minute details of his works. Since twenty years he has been giving shapes to the coconut shells as per its size and shape and had created works of two feet to twenty feet height .

Normally, there is vast difference in paintings on canvas with colours and brushes and this type of handicraft works. Here artist has to put more effort with patience and concentration till he achieves the resultant shape he needs. He has carved different looks of Ganapathy on coconut shells, and the expressions and postures of Dancing Ganapathy appears quite natural. One can see his Artistic expertise by observing the minute details of his works. Since twenty years he has been giving shapes to the coconut shells as per its size and shape and had created works of two feet to twenty feet height .




He explains each and every artwork with the story behind it and the meaning contained in it. Every work of his, speaks itself. When Mr.Bhat explains the works the whole society becomes the reflection of his art. 'Tayiya Runa' (indebted to mother), the relationship between the mother and child comes alive and a sort of emotional feeling  erupts out of everyone. From our birth to death there is no valuable thing in one man’s life than mother and this truth is enlivened in his artwork.

'Haruva Kudure' ('The flying Horse’)-  explains that man who is enslaved by lust wants to have the world in his palm, should control his self, else the time will put brakes on him. 'Dainyathe' - shows us the face of an innocent girl with the expressions of her pains and cries on her face and the underlying grievance in her cries, all these are explicitly expressed. The unkept hair, timid face, tired looks, hidden pains, worry about the future, all these are there in the work, expressing the society's grief to the viewer. 'Brahmakamala', 'Geethopadesha', 'Banige Hastha', 'Giligala Koota', 'Kulithiruva Mugde', 'Gandhiji', 'Garuda' 'Shivalinga', 'Tortoise',  'Lamp', 'Tala', 'Hooji', 'Spoons', all have emerged as great works from the rough coconut shells by the artistic hands of the artist. These works are sure to increase the ambiance of your home, and an artist of such stature surely deserves wholehearted support by every art lover. Mr. Venkataramana Bhat has made the  waste coconut shell in to beautiful art pieces making every showcase look rich thereby showing all that is thrown out as waste, increasing the piles of waste  can be converted in to beauty.

- Dinesh Holla, Artist @ Beauty Wall Spot