Sand sculptures to attract visitors to Dasara Exhibition Center

City artist MN Gowri to create sculptures of Dr Puneeth Rajkumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and freedom fighters by September 20

By A. Ganesh

Mysore/Mysore: Sand sculptures of late Sandalwood actor Puneeth Rajkumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and freedom fighters are being prepared at the Dasara Exhibition Center in town and the sculptures are expected to be completed by September 20.

As the Dasara exhibition has not been held for two years due to the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, it has been decided to hold the exhibition this year in a unique manner and hence the Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA ), in a bid to attract people in large numbers, makes way for sand sculptures on the site.

The sand sculptures are created at the place in Dasara Exhibition Center where more people gather. Two separate sheds, measuring 20 × 50 feet each, have been erected using iron pillars and corrugated sheets, to protect the sculptures from rain and wind and workers are constructing a platform using cement to prevent waterlogging. Renowned sand artist from MN Gowri town creates the sand sculptures.

M-Sand instead of river sand

Due to the unavailability of regular river sand, M-Sand is being used to create the sculptures and 10 loads of M-Sand were provided yesterday.

If the sculptures were created with river sand, there was no need to use colors for them, but as M-Sand is used now, the sculptures may turn white once the M-Sand dries, this which may not be appealing. Therefore, to make sand sculptures attractive, spray paints will be used.

In memory of ‘Power Star’ Puneeth Rajkumar, four to five sand sculptures of the late actor in his youth with his parents Dr. Rajkumar and Parvathamma Rajkumar, the actor as a soldier from his latest film ‘James’, a pigeon sitting on the shoulder of Puneeth are created in a shed.

In the second shed, sand sculptures of PM Modi in yoga pose and freedom fighters marking the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav are being created.

As the required M-Sand has been provided and the construction of the sheds is nearing completion, sand artist Gowri, with three assistants, is preparing to create the sand sculptures and is confident to complete the sculptures by September 20.

“The sand sculptures are created at the price of Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 6,000,000. Each sculpture is 10 feet high and 20 feet wide. Measures have been taken to protect the sculptures from rain and wind. The family members of the late Puneeth Rajkumar will be attending Dasara Mahotsava and there are plans to bring them here,” said Rudresh, Managing Director of KEA.

“I am happy to have had the opportunity to show my art. Work on the sand sculptures is ongoing and KEA has provided all the necessary facilities and I am confident to complete the sculptures within 15 days,” said sand artist Gowri.