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Hampi’s legacy in miniature: Srinivasulu’s stone chariot shines at Red Fort

M.R. Srinivasulu, a software engineer hailing from Hebbal, Bengaluru, has ingeniously crafted a miniature replica of Hampi’s stone chariot using mere pen refills. This remarkable creation, standing at just one and a half feet tall, now graces the courtyard of Delhi’s Red Fort.

Speaking to reporters, Srinivasulu shared the inspiration behind his latest masterpiece, explaining, “On the stone chariot of Hampi, there was a vimanagopura made of bricks in its original form. The brick tower was removed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in 1982 to protect the threatened stone chariot. Through the medium of a pen refill, I have recreated that original form here.”

Srinivasulu’s passion for miniature art spans 17 years, during which he has meticulously designed iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Charminar, Gateway of India, Golden Temple in Amritsar, Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Leaning Tower of Pisa, and St. Philomena Church in Mysore, all using pen refills.

Apart from his prowess in miniature art, Srinivasulu is also a skilled dance performer and adept at creating art using chalkpieces and sand. Born in Dharmavaram, Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, he proudly embraces his Kannada heritage, as his mother’s hometown is Bangalore.

In a unique convergence of artistic expression, the Red Fort is set to host an exhibition showcasing a diverse array of artworks from various states alongside international pieces from G20 countries. This grand showcase, running from December 8 to March 31, promises to elevate local talent, with selected artworks earning the prestigious opportunity for international display. Among the chosen pieces is Srinivasulu’s diminutive yet captivating stone chariot, a testament to his extraordinary skill in the realm of miniature art.

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