Mangaluru: His profession is HR (Human Resource) manager, but his passion is painting. Despite his profession demands more time and involvement, he never set aside his passion. Such dedication towards his passion fetch a good result recently as his name entered the prestigious India book of records for his artwork “Maximum Miniature Paintings on a single A4 sized sheet”.
Ganesh Kelagina Beedu Shenoy from Mangaluru is that achiever who balanced his profession and passion and entered India book of records through his miniature paintings. He is the son of veteran artist Lilit Kala Academy award winner Late Kasargod Pundalik Shenoy. His mother Late Padmini Shenoy was also a noted artist.
He received such honour for making the maximum number of miniature paintings on a single A4 sized sheet. He created 1029 miniature paintings sized 1cm X 1 cm, drawn on a single A4 paper sheet sized 21 cm X 29.7 cm using colour pencils and acrylic colours. He took 30 days to complete this painting. Chief Editor of India Book of Records Dr Biswaroop Roy Chowdhary confirmed this on September 26, 2019.
Earlier, Sandeep Simha from Pune has set a world record by making 945 paintings in a paper card which inspired Ganesh to beat that record. Speaking to Newskarnataka.com Ganesh said, " As I was very much interested in painting and secured many prizes in school days, I determined to set my own record. Hence, I started to create miniature painting in A4 sized sheet and succeeded to create 1029 paintings. I have achieved success with my very first attempt.”
Though Ganesh was intended to do the same achievement in Limca Book of Record as well, he could not do so as Limca Book of Records has recently stopped to identify those who excel in miniature paintings. Hence, Ganesh is now planning to enter Guinness book of record and Limca Book of Records, choosing some other category of art. “Despite the Guinness Book of Record and Limca Book of Record prefers to the quantity and not quality, I am not ready to compromise with the quality of paintings. I don’t want to set a record only for the sake of ‘Record’ itself. It should satisfy my inner conscience,” he says.
Ganesh has never utilised his painting for his personal gain. “Whatever I get from my painting, I use it for my charity works,” he says. Expressing his desire to make a huge number of handmade paintings and to present it to the public for free Ganesh says it takes some time to fulfil this dream. “As painting is not my profession and only passion, I need to balance both. Hence, It will take some time to realise my dream,” he said.
Ganesh is living with his wife Aarati Shenoy in Qatar since from the past 12 years. His daughter Anisha Shenoy has been pursuing her MBBS in KVG Medical College in Sullia. “The small family of mine is my strength as their support helped me to achieve something in my life,” Ganesh says.
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