Artisan Mr. Arogyaswamy comes from a fine arts background, pursued in Bachelor of fine art, painting in Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and Masters in Bangalore University. He relates the place, nature to a mother and importance of her existence. In his work you evidence the presence of a women (mother) form, a bird, a tree and a vase, which speaks about nature and nurture of a human being from the nature mother. Artisan encloses that he remembered his mother and felt her presence in nature. Artisan took Mr. Yethiraj’s assistance help in successful completing the sculpture and installing it.
Tortoise and the face without forehead
Artisan Mr. Siddharaju hails from Ramnagara District in Karnataka. He comes from a fine arts background as well as he has experience in traditional sculpture field since ten years. This was his first attempt on contemporary style. His work includes a meditating man’s face without forehead and a tortoise. He gets involved in greenery space, tends to involve in the nature of meditation and slow breathing, that’s how the tortoise is depicted. In this sculpture we see a plant is embedded over the head, were the growth of the plant results in roots growing all over the head and depicting the insightful meditation with the period of time. Ms. Amulya M G helps the artisan in implementing the whole sculptural composition and Mr. Siddesh (Paapannachari) helps him in sculpting the stone.
Artisan Mrs. Suja Sarojini is originated from kerala, pursued in bachelor of fine arts in native and did Masters in Bangalore University. She gets to the history of the place, name of the place Shivgange in depth and discovers the goddess Ganga’s existence. The mystery of flowing Ganga river routes rebounds in her thoughts, as a feminist she upholds the importance of Ganga on Shiva’s head by linking to the water crisis in the place and co relates the name, existence of Shivgange and Antharagange. The expression of the sculpture Shivgange is as mysterious as the water flowing. Artisan successful depict her thoughts with the help of her assistant Mr. Prashanth on the stone.
Naa Kanda Devaru
Artisan Mr. Ramnayak S is a native of North Karnataka and is a traditional sculptor. He expresses his experience in the space “Aadima Cultural Centre”, Aadima means a beginning and; Artisan introspects of his beginning and finds an ever ending path and comes to a comparison of himself to the other creations of god like natural forces water, soil and air which lands him to question oneself “Who am I”. He even involves the great three Hindu triads; Lord Brahma the creator, Lord Vishnu the preserver and Lord Shiva the destroyer or the transformer and co relates to the nature; Nature and god are interlinked. Artisan becomes a devotee of the place and thus he calls his sculpture as “Naa Kanda Devaru” (God, Whom I Found).
Mr. Ullas heals from Mysore, who has pursued Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts at Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts in Mysore and Master Degree in Visual Arts in Bangalore University. Mr. Basavaraj Metri is also an artist who has pursued Bachelor and Master Degree in Fine Arts. Two young and energetic artisans collaborates and works on a social cause faced by the people in that place. They highlight a farmers struggles and depicts anger of the farmer vigorously in the sculpture by visualizing the ploughing of a very famous government structure “Vidhana Soudha” were the state legislature takes place. This sculpture is successfully made with the help of the assistance of Mr. Jaghadeesh and Mr. Sandeep Mandya. This sculpture consists multiple mediums along the stone.
Culture and Heritage
Artisan Ms. Shwetha H who has pursued Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and Master Degree in Fine Arts in Bangalore University. This sculpture tries to unleash the cultural attributes of the place like farming, animal farming, ground roller equipment, farmland and many more. Basically artisan develops on the idea of site specific theme and beautifully composes it on the stone. Mr. Saibana and Mr. Darshan assisted the artist in finishing the sculpture successfully.
Artisans hailing from two different districts Ms. Sangham Doddamani from Belgaum and Mr. Revanna Parasappakenchappagola from Bagalkot collaborates together and create a wonderful sculpture. Artisans involve themselves in nature and cultivate themselves into environmentalists. Artisans elaborately express about the place so that if anyone wants to see that place “Adhima”, they have to just go around their sculpture once. Small things like ants, honey bees, frog and many more subjects are sculpted on the stone. Mr. Yethiraj and Mr. Anandraju M assisted and sculpted the stone with force enthusiasm and interest.
Artsian Mr, Jinendra M M who heals from Shimoga has been trained in sculpture by famous artisan sculptors like Kashinath and Venkatachalapathi. He has even started his known studio called chittha and is established in doing commercial sculptures. Being his first attempt in stone medium, the artisan beautifully carves the stone to get Buddha image. Artisan says the place made him meditate and relate to Buddha and his teachings. Artisan even read book regarding Buddha and felt his presence in the air and atmosphere in Adhima, that’s the reason he chose to sculpt Buddha. Mr. Sandeep assisted in making this calm sculpture.
Mr. Vinay and Mr. B Krupendra are trained artisans in the same field, engaged in their assisted work of making an arch for the place Aadima. The arch contained old stone pillars of a demolished church in Kolar. The arch is designed in a concept of calm, peace and life, were it consists of two deers, Buddha chakra etc. The deers speaks of the history of the place and existence of the animal on its own in the place previously. The Buddha chakra is an iconography representing the Dharma “Moral Social duty, religious values and the way of living” is placed in the center of the arch top insisting peace around oneself. The pillars are installed in box frames with the help of the crane, and the cement mixture is poured into the box frame to bind the pillar to the place. The deers are carved on the soap stone brought from Mysore by Mr. Vinay and Mr. B Krupendra with the help of various chisels and machineries. The horns of the deer was difficult to obtain from the stone because of the size of it has to be small. Hence the horns were made out of resin mixture, stone powder and wire armature by Mr. Pushparaj. The Buddha chakra was carved by Mr. Anandraju M, Mr. B Krupendra and Mr. Revanna Parasappakenchappagola.