Praseeth Kumar (left), aerial view of 'Sree Buddha' paddy art | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Wayanad: A large paddy art of Sree Buddha at a field in Nambikolly here is attracting the onlookers. Praseeth Kumar Thayyil, a farmer, is the mastermind behind this paddy art. He developed the image by growing different varieties of paddy seeds in a 30-cent plot in the 2-acre field.
Praseeth drew the image of Sree Buddha with five varieties of paddy including Nasar Bath, Rakthasali, Karibasumathi, Chinnar and Jeerakasala. Nasar Bath plant has dark purple leaves while Karibasumathi has black leaves. Leaves of Chinnar are in pale violet colour and both Rakthasali and Jeerakasala have green leaves.
The picture was created by drawing the outline first and then planting the saplings. The outline was drawn by artist A.One Prasad and friends. This is the sixth paddy art completed by Praseeth. A map of India was his first attempt in 2017. Then he made images of Guruayur Keshavan, a pair of fish, Vivekanandan and an eagle with paddy art.
Magic rice is another point of attraction in Praseeth’s farm this year. This paddy variety was collected from the tribes in Assam. Magic rice can be consumed without cooking. One has to soak the rice in milk or water for some time before eating. The rice has medicinal properties as well. Praseeth conserved over 200 rare paddy varieties in his farm.
Majority of the rare rice varieties in Praseeth’s collection were brought from other states or foreign countries. Among them, 52 varieties are used for treating different diseases. This time, Praseeth cultivated 75 types of paddies in 10 acres. Most of them belong to the black rice category.