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23-yr-old paints long record

india Updated: Dec 08, 2009 00:42 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

Ever heard of 1,000 postures of a hand-painted Ganesha on a running cloth which is 1,189 meters in length?

The feat has been achieved by Deeksha Bhardwaj, 23, of Ghaziabad who worked on the painting for seven months and thirteen days.

Bhardwaj’s name now figures in the Limca Book of Records’ 2010 edition for making the ‘longest individual painting’ at the national level.

Bhardwaj is currently pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) and dedicates the achievement to her family.

“My family supported me throughout. They gave me the complete third floor of the house to create it,” Bhardwaj told HT.

“It was my special devotion to lord Ganesha that I thought to paint them with acrylic colours on a single piece of cotton cloth especially procured for the purpose.”

The cloth cost her Rs 70,000 and the complete painting cost her around Rs 1.75 lakh.

“Once I read an article about the longest painting. So I got inspired and decided to give it a go myself,” she said.

She started her work on April 26, 2008, and finished on December 9, 2008.

She did suffer minor hiccups when the colours began to spread-over during the winters last year.

“I had to dry the entire painting with the help of 17 fans and a couple of blowers. The entire painting had to be ironed for seven days to allow the colours to settle,” she said.

Tina Sharma, her sister-in-law, said, “She is a complete workaholic and would work for 18-20 hours at a stretch.”

The painting, bound into a bundle, weighs over 500 kg and has to be lifted by at least five people when it has to be displayed.

Bhardwaj has made special arrangements at home to store her painting. All pictures are unique and depict various forms of Lord Ganesha.

“Even the vibrant foreground and background colours have not been repeated for any pictures,” she said.

Limca Book officials confirmed the feat and said Bhardwaj would enter their records in its 2010 edition.

“Her entry in Limca Book of Records is confirmed and it will feature in the 2010 edition of the ‘Paintings’ chapter. This is the longest painting made by any individual,” Arthy Muthanna Singh, Senior-Editor, Limca Book of Records, told HT over phone.