THRISSUR: A mural painting of Lord Krishna in the form of Venugopala, spread over 2,000 sq. ft., is all set to enter the Guinness World Record in the temple town of Guruvyaur. Artist Sarans Guruvayur has completed the painting done on acrylic on a canvas that is 60 feet high and 34 feet wide at the campus of Mercy College in Guruvayur.
It took 100 days for the artist, who is specialised in mural style of painting, to complete the picture. It will be inaugurated with the ‘varnonmeelanam’ ceremony by drawing the opened eye of Lord Krishna in the painting on Saturday. Sunil Joseph of Univ-ersal Record Foun-dation will inspect the painting on Saturday.
For Sarans, who runs an art gallery, it was difficult to raise Rs 13 lakh for the painting. “After I presented the ‘Parabhramam’ picture of mine which depicts themes of all the religions, to PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Thrissur last year, the Canara Bank came forward to give me a loan of `6 lakh for the Guinness Record Project,” he said.
“After I presented the ‘Parabhramam’ picture of mine which depicts themes of all the religions, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Thrissur last year, the Canara Bank came forward to give me a loan of Rs 6 lakh for the Guinness Record Project. Besides that, my friends and teachers came forward to assist me financially,” the artist told this newspaper.
During his election campaign for the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had paid a visit to Mercy College Guruvayur to see the painting that was being drawn. Political leaders Shashi Tharoor, Ramesh Chenithala and O. Ragagopal were among those who came to watch the painting.