Bottle Artist Honours Netaji in His Own Way

Bottle Artist Honours Netaji in His Own Way

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-01-22 17:01 Bengaluru: A city-based bottle artist has created bottle arts to honour Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose ahead of his 118th birth anniversary, which falls on Saturday. Basavaraju S Gowda has created two bottle arts to commemorate the occasion of Indian government disclosing unclassified documents on the revered leader's life. Owing to the mystery surrounding Netaji's death and related conspiracy theories, much anticipation surrounds the big day. To mark this occasion in his own way, Basavaraju has created two bottle arts. One contains a portrait of the leader and the other contains a replica of a file whose cover reads "Confidential documents" in bold typeface, both encased in a frame. The bottles are 28-centimetre-long and 16-centimetre-wide. It took him about 10 days to prepare them. The art will be on display for a week at the Nandini booth near Srinivasa temple in Mahalakshmi Layout. The artist, who has also won a Karnataka State Award in 2008, said it is important to remember and honour the immense contribution of Netaji in India's freedom struggle. He applauded the Centre's decision of disclosing classified documents related to his life. Basavaraju has not studied beyond SSLC. He said it's from friends and elders that he learnt about Netaji and his stellar role in resisting the British empire. He said it is imperative for the society to remember such personalities and follow their passion of serving the country. Basavaraju holds a Limca Book of Records for fixing most mobile phones in a bottle. He has been pursuing this art form for 15 years and has featured chief ministers and governors of Karnataka, national leaders, freedom fighters and even the US president Barack Obama. It takes him about Rs2,500 to create one piece of bottle art. For the past 15 years, he has been working at his brothers' electrical shop in Mahalakshmi Layout. He uses his savings to fund his hobby. He said he has never looked at it as something that would fetch him orders from people, instead he just does it out of passion.