‘Sakalakala Vallavan’ Pats Seevaga Vazhuthi
By SHEFA RAFI
‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see’ is an inspiring quote of Edgar Degas, the French impressionist artist famous for pastel drawings and oil paintings. Perhaps this prompted thirty three year old Seevaga Vazhuthi, a resident of Ganapathy neighbourhood in the city to create ‘string art’ image of Kamal Haasan.
The 8 foot height portrait of Parthasarathy Srinivasan alias Kamal Haasan is really a magnum opus for the young artist, who strained his nerves spending over 250 hours for over 28 days using 13,000 odd nails to create this unusual form of art. He presented the creation at Kamal Haasan’s office in Alwarpet on his birthday as a tribute to the Sakalakala Vallavan.
“No doubt, it’s a laborious and time consuming affair. However, I only felt elated to do this creative art to the Universal hero in the tinsel town as it happened to be my passion. As an ardent admirer of Kamal Haasan, who is known for mastering many skills, I had a vision to make a tribute to the actor, who is close to my heart “, he revealed to this scribe in enthusiasm.
Noteworthy to mention that Seevaga Vazhuthi’s innovative initiative was captured by Microsoft Network web team which was uploaded in their site. Really, a proud moment for this enterprising youngster, who felt flying high. Armed with a PG in mass communication and journalism from PSG college of arts and science (PSGCAS), he initially concentrated on sketching pencil images and developed it further to make it a career.
It was his professor Chandrasekaran (now no more), who identified his art talent during a class session and encouraged him to make it a career after the course. Thanks to HoD Dr C Pichandi for his face reading skills in predicting that Seevaga Vazhuthi will reach dizzy heights in his chosen domain.
So goes the quote of Swiss sculptor, painter and draftsman Alberto Giacometti—The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. True to this, the young artist creates reality through art using different dimensions and patterns in string art.