Manipur wood sculptor aiming for the Guinness Book of World Records

September 27th, 2009 - 9:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Imphal, Sep 27(ANI): Gurumayum Shyam Sunder Sharma, a sculptor from Manipur, is carving out magnificent wood root sculptures to fulfill his dram of making it to the Guinness Book of World Record.Sharma was 10years old when his great Grandfather Gurumayum Mouni Sharma, who was also a well-known woodcraftsman, introduced him to the art of carving sculptures. Till now, he has carved more than 200 sculptures from single wood roots, which range from chairs and animals figures to carvings of famous personalities, besides other mythological figures.Normally, it takes him between one month to four years to carve a figurine depending on sizes and intricacy of the sculpture. He had received the Limca Book of record in 2000, and is now aiming for the Guinness Book of World Record.”I work at night from 7p.m to 11p.m and prefer working from October to March. As during this time, I am best inspired and can concentrate on my sculpture without any disturbance. There are different people living in this world. Through sculpture, I want to convey the message of unity, harmony and peaceful co-existence. We should try to reject violence occurring in this world,” Sharma said. Sharma is planning to establish an Art Gallery under the name “Tri Mothers Art Gallery”, whose foundation stone was laid by the former Governor of Manipur Ved Marwah.His unique sculptures are liked by many and have gained appreciation from both national and international buyers. “He has an inborn artistic talent and since his childhood he’s shown his interest in the art form. He has a unique way of carving sculptures,” said Raja, a local.Sharma’s success in his endeavor would be a major boost to other budding sculptors in the state to pursue their dreams. (ANI)

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