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Chess Olympiad mascot Thambi will get a macho makeover

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A brand new, viral mural by St+artwork India in Chennai’s Kamaraj Salai provides the Chess Olympiad mascot, Thambi, a macho makeover

A brand new, viral mural by St+artwork India in Chennai’s Kamaraj Salai provides the Chess Olympiad mascot, Thambi, a macho makeover

A trip down Kamaraj Salai by no means disappoints. Flanked on one aspect by the expansive Bay of Bengal, and on the opposite by Indo-Saracenic markers of time, the stretch is a window into the town. Now with Mamallapuram being host to the recently-concluded Chess Olympiad, Thambi’s presence is inevitably known as for on Seashore Street. Not simply as mannequins and collectible figurines, however on giant facades as nicely. The newest constructing to be graced by Thambi’s presence, is the Tamil Nadu City Improvement Board. Whereas the beloved mascot with rolled-up sleeves and a hero’s stance grabbed eyeballs, the opposite finish of the constructing, masked by scaffoldings, hosted a extra acquainted aspect of Thambi. 

With arms folded in a namaskaram, Thambi, in his signature veshti bids adieu to the Olympiad that put Tamil Nadu on the worldwide map. Behind him is the enduring Chennai Central, albeit painted in checkered black-and-white squares, whereas the lighthouse (in actuality, positioned a number of meters away) stands guard. Executed by 5 younger artists from throughout Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and designed by Johnson Kshetrimayum, the mural by St+artwork India has by now change into the face of the Olympiad

An occasion of this scale which noticed participation from internationally can not and shouldn’t be forgotten: this was the concept behind the venture, says Hanif Kureshi, inventive director at St+artwork India. ”The occasion is over and most reminders would fade. However some would keep as a reminiscence of what occurred. It’s a tribute to the Olympiad,” provides Hanif. The concept behind commissioning up-and-coming native artists was a deliberate one. Tamil Nadu additionally has a  wealthy custom of banner artwork and portray, which they needed to faucet into. “The mural reveals two completely different expressions of Thambi: we made Thambi a South Indian famous person, as seen in his posture and elegance. Whereas the opposite one reveals him welcoming folks to his metropolis. And the town’s iconic parts are painted as chess boards,” he provides.   

Chennai-based Okay Vishwa; M Bharath, A James and Okay Dhanavel from Puducherry; and A Aravind from Villupuram, all a part of the Dravida Chezhiyan Karaikal are the artists behind the wall. That is the primary time the collective has undertaken a facade of this scale. Explaining the method, Vishwa, the son of famend banner artist NN Kumar, says, “Initially, we considered doing a projection however that didn’t work out on the wall. Then, we put grafts and divided the wall in sections to color them. It took us 5 days and nights to complete the partitions.” 

The narrative of the mural is a hearty, fairly trendy welcome and a heat send-off, all rolled into one. Seems to be like we is not going to be lacking Thambi for not less than a number of years. 

By- The Hindu

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