Dravid gets huge gift from mom
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Dravid gets huge gift from mom

This is a tribute by a doting mom to her celebrity son and his game.

india Updated: May 07, 2006 02:40 IST

This is a tribute by a doting mom to her celebrity son and his game.

Pushpa Dravid has crafted, on a towering fibre-glass mural, terracota images of Rahul Dravid and his cricketing contemporaries and icons like Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, GR Vishwanath, BS Chandrashekar, Prasanna, Syed Kirmani and Brijesh Patel outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Fans would relive in these images the artistry and guile of each of these legends. There is Rahul’s rasping square drive, Kirmani’s leaping behind the stumps, Vishwanath’s wristy square cut, Chandrashekar’s googly, Srinath’s express action, and Kumble’s leg-spin.

The work will be unwrapped on May 7 at a felicitation for Dravid and Kumble. Measuring 600 sq feet, the mural would be installed outside the main entrance of the stadium.

Dravid’s labour of love took more than six months to craft. She says her “permanent tribute will last for centuries and help fans remember the talent of these cricketers. My intention was to depict in action the trademark of these cricketers.”

Some statistics too have been etched on a metal plaque. “Each of them has interesting figures against their names. It’s good to be associated with these cricketers,” says statistician HR Gopalakrishna. His compilation will be handed over to Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at the felicitation.

The Karnataka State Cricket Association found Dravid’s design to be the best, costing about Rs 4.5 lakh. “We plan to have another one with images of cricketers like Roger Binny, Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi,” says KSCA secretary Brijesh Patel.

A retired professor in architecture, Dravid is a well-known painter too. Her exhibition of oil paintings titled ‘Nature & Style’ will be on at New Delhi’s India Habitat Centre in November. But her best work of art will be reserved for next year, post the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.

First Published: May 07, 2006 02:40 IST