Andhra Pradesh: Craftsman aims for record books with miniature arts | Visakhapatnam News

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Small is beautiful, says S Chinnayachari, sitting in the corner of his craftsman at his home in Etikoppaka. The village is renowned for its wooden toys. And Chinnayachari is one of the most accomplished micro-craftsmen, making micro-miniatures.
He is now aiming to enter the Guinness World Records.
Chinnayachari wanted to do something different from his family craft of making wooden toys and this led to a fascination with miniature arts.
Inspired by Willard Wigan, the man who made millions from miniature art, Chinnayachari created his first miniature art at the age of 32. Twelve years later, the 42-year-old is exploring different possibilities in the world of micro-miniature.
“I have made more than 15 miniatures in the last decade. Among all the miniatures, Golden Taj Mahal (0.10mm X 0.20mm) set on a strand of human hair gave a lot of satisfaction. It has took five days to make the Taj Mahal miniature,” Chinnayachari said.
The 1.11mm X 0.70mm Buddha, resting on a poppy stem, is Chinnayachari’s latest addition. The 1.2mm Ram-Sita Pattabhishekam, sitting on half a poppy seed, and the 1.2mm miniature wooden chessboard are some of the marvels he has created.
“It took me years to master the art. It takes days to create each miniature object. The tools are made by me and look like those used to carve wood,” he said.
“I didn’t want to be one of many. I wanted to go beyond that to make miniatures out of strands of human hair and a few others. I experimented and challenged whenever it gave me space and pushed me to hone my skills,” Chinnayachari said.
“Sometimes my eyes hurt from looking through the magnifying glass for hours straight. But my passion for miniature making made me more patient and professional. I received many national awards, including the Indian Book of Records, the Limca Book of Records and an award from the President of India. Now I am aiming to make a mark in the Guinness Book of World Records for my miniature works globally,” he said .
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