Art is reborn today - and an artist is born not made and true art is ageless. The thirst to create something beautiful rests inside all of us, but only a few posses the divine gift needed to express this, to bring out the yearning of ones heart and leave a lasting impression. Time and again art has proved that it sans many boundries, time spans, language, culture and it inspires generations to come.

We are to see one such inspiring art today, or rather witness a symphony between sculpture and drawing, of a unique umbilical cord that has connected three talented artists…. One sculptor who sculpted this spectacular Veerabadra out of solid stone fashioning a pillar that is more alive than stone - from the Srivaikuntam Temple. A vibrating pulsating action figure, rich is ornamentation and complexity, an apt challenge for the master artist silpi. To even attempt such a piece is mind boggling, but to capture it to the minute detail ( when silpi drew it looks like the sword was still in one piece but u can see that the master sculpted even the crack at that time) the pres day photo shows the sword broken at the exact spot. Can’t find words for the amount of detailing he has drawn in the background. That was the hall mark of silpi - a painting that looked more a sculpture than a painting or sketch, he could bring out the lanugage of stone or rather poetry in stone into his sketch.

srivaikuntam pillar sculpture.jpg
silpi's version.jpg

Now the story spans to current day - present day tale. When Prasad wanted a challenge to sculpt during his winter break, I shared these two ( original
sculpture and the silpi sketch - thanks to. Sri pas pasupathy sir and varalaaru.com) with him.

When he said he wanted to attempt to sketch this, I expected a muted effort, but when he first sent me his initial outline, I was stumped. I knew this was a masterpiece in the making and hence came up with a plan to document the magic. So here goes, see the magician at work as he brings out this master sculpture out of thin air and makes it appear as his sketch.

prasad starts his.jpg
work in progress.jpg

Oh, the detailing of the dress, the clarity in the expressions, the intricate carvings on the sword., prasad, hats off. You are a genius. Silpi would be proud today for you are here to carry the baton. True poetry.

another sephia tone.jpg
one more black n white.jpg
the masterpiece.jpg

you can see more of Sri Prasad’s works here

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Do have pictures on sculpture from Aaudaiyar Koil? I am always amazed at the sculpture, details and images. Thanks.

January 6th, 2009 at 5:59

Hi kavitha,

Yes do have, will post shortly


January 6th, 2009 at 6:02

ஓவியம் மட்டும் பிறக்கவில்லை
ஓர் அரிய ஓவியரும் பிறந்துவிட்டார்
கண் கவரும் ஓவியத்தால் பார்வையை
திருப்ப இயலவில்லை ஆறு வித்தியாசம்
காணவும் மனம் முயல்வில்லை!
வாழ்க திரு. பிரசாத்!

January 6th, 2009 at 7:59

Thanks for sharing.

January 6th, 2009 at 9:11
Sivaram Kannan

Wow… that is fantastic Vj. Is there more of Prasad’s work available? Would love to see more of his work? In Silpi’s drawing, was the background sculpture also was drawn?

January 6th, 2009 at 9:21

Excellent work, Prasad. How many hours did it take you to complete this????

Could you now try a back ground, not as in Silpi’s one but on the original? That would bring out the image even better.

All the best. And, thanks to you Vj too.

January 6th, 2009 at 9:42

Thank you everybody for your kind and encouraging words.

@Satheesh Kumar and Srivat:
Thank you very much. :)

@Sivaram kannan :
Here is my blog site where I post all my paintings.

Please check the Image archives at the bottom of the page to view older work.

@ Shaji:
I think It took me close to 12 hours spread over several days.

I would love to give it a shot, but I need to consider the risk of ruining the picture too, Will weigh my risks and decide on the background. :) Thanks a million for your suggestions.

January 6th, 2009 at 10:24

it is nice work done by you to showcase the rich heritage we have hats off to you for the wonderful work.

January 6th, 2009 at 10:43

Thank you VJ, I’ll wait for AK.

January 6th, 2009 at 11:56

Ouah!!! Really a masterpiece!! Congrats!

January 6th, 2009 at 13:29

ஒரு ஓவியம் பிறக்கிறது படித்தேன்
மிகவும் அருமையான பதிவு

ஒரு சிற்பத்தை பார்த்து அப்படியே ஓவியம் வரைவது என்பது எவ்வளவு கடினமான கலை என்பது ஓவியம் வரைபவர்களுக்கு தெரியும்,ஆனால் இந்த ஓவியத்தை மிகச் சிறப்பாக வரைந்திருக்கிறார் திருப்ரசாத் அவர்கள்


January 6th, 2009 at 18:25

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January 15th, 2009 at 15:22
Kathie Brobeck

I like Prasad’s version even better than
the original!

February 1st, 2009 at 4:03

உங்‌கள் கலைத்தொண்டு வாழ்க. இவ்வாறு வெளிக்கொணரும் செய்திகளுக்கு நாம் அனைவரும் கடப்பாடுடையோம். சில்பியிடம் பயின்ற ஓவியர் பத்மவாசன் இன்னமும் அதே பாணியில் வரைவார், வரைந்துகொண்டிருக்கிறார்.

March 26th, 2010 at 15:11

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