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Jointless wooden sculptures-An Indian's Achievement!

Updated on January 12, 2012
India dependent- A jopintless sculpture by Sri. S.Chopkar.The different parts of this work depict different historic buildings in india. the wooden chains tied,shows India under foreign rule.
India dependent- A jopintless sculpture by Sri. S.Chopkar.The different parts of this work depict different historic buildings in india. the wooden chains tied,shows India under foreign rule. | Source
'India-independent'- the same sculpture, with chains opened, representing free India.
'India-independent'- the same sculpture, with chains opened, representing free India. | Source
102 feet long joint less chain held by the artist Mr. Chopkar(extreme left) and his family members
102 feet long joint less chain held by the artist Mr. Chopkar(extreme left) and his family members | Source
Details of the above woodcraft showing the carving of links in the single wood piece.
Details of the above woodcraft showing the carving of links in the single wood piece. | Source
A swing hanging to a tree-jointless wooden sculpture
A swing hanging to a tree-jointless wooden sculpture | Source
Sculpture of 'mother and child'. This teak wood carving is joint less and  could be folded in 9 different forms to show different postures.
Sculpture of 'mother and child'. This teak wood carving is joint less and could be folded in 9 different forms to show different postures. | Source
'An Indian village'- a display of related creations made by Mr. Chopkar. These artworks have joints. These are not joint less structures.
'An Indian village'- a display of related creations made by Mr. Chopkar. These artworks have joints. These are not joint less structures. | Source
Artist Mr. Chopkar, with a joint less wooden necklace and pendent.
Artist Mr. Chopkar, with a joint less wooden necklace and pendent. | Source
Sree Ganesh -the god, another joint less movable wood sculpture .
Sree Ganesh -the god, another joint less movable wood sculpture . | Source
Bulls and bullock carts-many  jointless wood sculptures.
Bulls and bullock carts-many jointless wood sculptures. | Source

Unique art works

Can you imagine artworks made in wood which look like consisting many joints but absolutely have no joints? May sound strange. But that's what actually done by Mr. Shrawan Chopkar, A just school completed person living in Bhilai, India, for the past 30 years,but still remained,for his misfortune, little known!

He converts so-called 'useless' wood pieces into wonderful sculptures.His creations show-historic monuments in India, various objects like-chains, lamps, temples, human figures, wall decorations, belts, necklaces, etc- without any joint!He is the only one in India, who produces such wooden sculptures.He is the creator this new type of wooden sculptures.He has no teacher in this regard.Nor, anybody has come to him to learn this wonderful art!

How to prepare?

To prepares these in his own way he takes the wood piece,makes the idea what to do with it, and then starts chiseling out the unwanted portion of the wood piece, allowing only wanted part to remain. In this way, he prepares every link in the wooden chain neatly carved and makes it movable. Similarly, he carves designs on the door of a building, the designs on the border frame, or the different joints in a human body as it is seen in his sculpture-'mother and child.' This 'mother and child' sculpture is a unique one. He calls that sculpture 'Vatsalya' meaning -affection. This is a teak wood art, which is foldable in different forms to show 9 different postures of mother and child. I have given here two photographs of that sculpture with artist demonstrating it.He has created another wonderful sculpture in Teak wood which could be folded in different ways and could be presented as a mosque, church, Gurudwara(Sikh prayer hall) and a Hindu temple with bells and candelabras.

Other art works

Mr. Shrawan Chopkar creates other types of Sculptures also. He has created astonishing village huts, open well, bullock cart, swing, etc by joining wooden pieces.(photographs are given here)He also creates lamp shades,table lamps, etc by carving coconut shells.

Personal life

Being a distinguished artist, Mr. Shrawan Chopkar is still an unrecognized artist. He started doing these since 1971.Even though he has been invited to exhibit his works and honored, he has not been encouraged by purchasing his crafts, which would have fetched him some sustaining support. He definitely deserves awards like ' Padmashree'(Award given annually by Indian government) .He is not a financially sound person.

What is needed...

All that this distinguished artist needs is the proper exposure to his creations. Those who love innovative arts, such organizations, should arrange an exhibition of his works in metropolis like Mumbai, Delhi, etc and foreign countries. That gives the people in the world to actually see how modern and novel his creations are. Such art lovers can purchase these artworks and see that the artist doesn't give-up hope because of financial starving.

ADDRESS


To enable others to see his creations,I am hereby providing the address and phone number of the artist:

Mr. Shrawan Chopkar

Quarters No.8B,Street No.19

Near Ayyappa Temple

Sector -2

Post: Bhilai Nagar

State : Chattisgarh (India)

Mobile phone: 09329110529(add 91if calling form other countries)

By Email, his son-in -law could be contacted

Mr. Santhosh Rao Dhurve

sr.dhurve@cseb.gov.in

The wonderful joint less fold able wooden sculpture created by Mr. Chopkar,folded in different postures.
The wonderful joint less fold able wooden sculpture created by Mr. Chopkar,folded in different postures. | Source
Another miraculous construction by the same artist.Showing of Hindu temple, mosque, church and gurudwara in a single,joint less wooden sculpture
Another miraculous construction by the same artist.Showing of Hindu temple, mosque, church and gurudwara in a single,joint less wooden sculpture | Source

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      anil r jsin 

      6 years ago

      well thought designer work is inspirational.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      6 years ago from Tumkur

      Thank you so much!

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      BkCreative 

      6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Awesome! And this is just so beautiful to look at. Thanks for bringing me a great piece of the artistic world. The photos are amazing. Whew. Rated up and more!

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      6 years ago from Tumkur

      Thanks for appreciation Mr. haridas. Mr. Chopkar really deserves good push-op.

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      M.P.Haridas 

      6 years ago

      I am astonished on knowing this novel art. Mr. Chopkar is really an artist with great dedication, patience and talent.Government should really recognize such great and unique talents by honoring them and rewarding them.Thanks for writing on such rare persons.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      O.K.

    • prasadjain profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 

      6 years ago from Tumkur

      Thank you Mr.Jainismus. Yes, photoes could be brightened.But these photoes were taken at an exhibition where the artist was giving demo. i wanted to keep them in that natural lighting environment.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Thank you for this informative article. I suggest you to improve the photographs by sharpening, brightening and increasing contrast. You can do it using any photo editors available free on net.

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