Pune: City based entrepreneur and amateur Botanist, who is known for his outstanding research on flowers of Sahyadri Mountain ranges has successfully brought the Paddy Art to Pune. His first creation of Paddy Art near Donje Phata on Sinhagad Road is catching the attention of art lovers from the city. This interesting art form that originated in Japan has found place for the first time in India.
Inakadate village in Aomori district of north Japan has been a traditional rice growers’ heritage. They plant rice with their hands and do not use modern machinery. Few years back the peasants of Inakadate found out that paddy growing tradition of their village had completed 2000 years. To celebrate this occasion rice growers of Inakadate joined hands and invented the innovative ‘Tambo Ata’ or Paddy Art in 1993.
Using their hand skill they created a giant picture of ‘Mount Iwaki’. Rice plants of different varieties were the colours and merged rice fields was the giant canvass. They used rice plants that had coloured leaves. This novel ‘paddy art’ became a block buster and has now become an annual festival of Inakadate. Thousands of tourists visit Tambo Ata festival each summer since 1993. Inakadate has enthusiastically created new images each year including the celebrated pictures of Monalisa and Merilyn Monroe. Computer graphics has been helping paddy art to take up very challenging images like portraits.
Inspired by this information Ingalhalikar chanced upon on internet, this season he has experimented with an image of Lord Ganesh in his rice field at Donje Phata on Sinhagad road.
The created Lord Ganesh image is 40 meters long and has just 2 colours. Creating an image by planting rice plants in pouring rain and in a knee deep slush was a big challenge.
The image is created in a rice field located near Donje Phata on Sinhagad road inside the premises of his factory ‘Lexon Winders’. A platform is constructed to get a bird’s eye
view of the image. Though Ganesh festival is an ideal time to see the image, the image can be seen till December in different hues of colours as the crop ripens.
”The objective of creating images in this art is to motivate educated youngsters from the nearby villagers to take up agriculture”, he stated.
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