Sand art is her passion

Passion

A mid the generation next, who are still lured by the white collared jobs and are trying hard to pass the competitive examinations and find a place in prestigious management colleges, there are still a few who want to be unique and stand distinctively apart from the crowd.

One such young talent from the heritage city is Gowri M N who has made the whole city turn around and notice the sand art, displayed at the Suttur mutt for the first time in city. Those who were still wondering about the sand art of the popular Sudarshan Patnaik of Orissa, had the opportunity to witness the same here with Gowri displaying her talent for the first time at the mega conference of Veerashaiva Mahasabha held at Suttur, where the 30 ft huge sand sculpture of Lord Shiva baffled the visitors, including the then chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.

Her recent creation of a 28 ft wide and 12 ft tall goddess Chamundeshwari was the cynosure of all eyes at the ongoing flower show part of Dasara at the Curzon park.
Speaking to City Herald, Gowri said she had completed her diploma in Machine Tool Technology at CPC polytechnic in Mysore and is pursuing her BFA through KSOU.

She was interested in clay modelling since her nascent days and was encouraged by her father Nanjundaswamy. Browsing through internet, she came across the sand art and took interest over the same and started experimenting on it.

Then for the first time she got an opportunity to display her art at Suttur Mutt, where she chose to make the sculpture of lord Shiva. Then there was no turning back as she got the chance of displaying her art in the prestigious Dasara flower show and decided to make a sand sculpture of Goddess Chamundeshwari, which was a great success.

“ I did not expect such wide response from the people, who were in praise of the rare art and received more than 60 calls every day,” she said. About six loads of sand was used for making the sculpture and was given a colour finishing to make it more attractive.
Explaining about the art, Gowri said that sand art is the practice of modelling sand into an artistic form, such as a sand brushing, sand sculpture and sand painting.

Sand sculpting as an art form has become very popular in recent years especially in coastal beach areas. Hundreds of annual competitions are held all over the world. Techniques can be quite sophisticated, and record-breaking achievements have been noted in the Guinness World Records. Sometimes, contests are staged as advertising or promotional events.

Her sand art of goddess Durga at Mangalore Dasara also received a good response and if everything goes well, she would also make a sand sculpture of ‘Geetopadesha’ based on Bhagavad Gita at the Dasara exhibition grounds.

It will have a three dimensional effect and will begin working on it soon as she has been invited by the Karnataka Exhibition Authority to recreate art. Coming to know about her achievements,  popular sand artist of Puri Sudarshan Patnaik has also invited Gowri to participate in the Sand Art festival to be held in Orissa in November. Looks like the young talent of heritage city is going places and will soon find a place in the list of records.

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