August 9, 2016
All he needs is an event or an occasion and city-based Unnal Mudiyum Thambi (UMT) Raja gets all charged up to make something stunningly creative. The Coimbatore-based goldsmith uses simple ingredients and not-so-fancy equipment to come up with unique pieces of art. With Independence Day around the corner, UMT Raja has created a permanent place for our freedom fighters. He has etched the images of the freedom fighters on bamboo.
“This is my tribute to the freedom fighters who have fought for our nation. Through my piece of art, I would also like to educate the younger generation about the sacrifices that they (freedom fighters) had made. We are enjoying the fruits of their hard work. What better occasion than Independence Day and for me art is the best way of expression!” UMT Raja shares.
UMT Raja tells us that it took him two days to complete the piece of art. He had burned a piece of bamboo for this work. The bamboo measures three-and-a-quarter-feet-long. For carving the images of the freedom fighters, UMT Raja has used a metal rod that is normally employed in making jewellery. The technique that he has used to carve the images will ensure that the images do not fade away. They will remain etched on the bamboo stick.
The top end of the bamboo stick sport two of the three colours that constitute our flag – saffron and green. The freedom fighters featured in this work of art are Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Rabindranath Tagore, V.O. Chidambaram Pillai, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, B.R. Ambedkar, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, and Subramania Bharati. An ardent fan of Swami Vivekananda, UMT Raja has carved an image of Swami Vivekananda too along with images of the freedom fighters.