Palakad: Malampuzha Yakshi in Malampuzha gardens, one of the most popular sculptures of Kerala, is all set to get a makeover soon. Kanayi Kunhiraman, the renowned sculptor who created the iconic sculpture is back to the gardens to renovate the ‘Yakshi’ sculpture after 50 years.
At the age of 81, he is keen to observe even the minute details of his favourite sculpture. As showing affection to his own child, he cleaned the sculpture.
When the popular sculpture is getting ready for a facelift, Kanayi wishes to cover it with bronze to look like a bronze sculpture to attract all.
He has discussed the matter with minister for water resources K Krishnankutty. The project is under consideration of the government.
“I had the idea of the sculpture when I was enjoying the beautiful moonlight in the hills near Malampuzha guest house. Then I planned to make the sculpture in the title ‘Mala Makal’ (Daughter of the hills). Later the idea shifted to the concept of ‘Yakshi’,” said Kanayi recollecting his memories on the making of the sculpture.
Kanayi faced a lot of problems when he started the work. Though he was attacked, he was not ready to drop the project as he strictly followed Gandhian philosophy.
“Nudity is in people’s mind. Whenever I see the sculpture I always wonder how could I create such a magnificent art. It is the speciality of the sculpture, said Kanayi.
“Many popular personalities including VKN, MT and John Abraham visited the sculpture. We interacted for hours here,” he added.
Accompanied by his wife Nalini, Kanayi arrived at the gardens for the renovation of the sculpture.
“Now, many people will arrive here to see me. Many of them will talk with tearful eyes. Everything began with this ‘Yakshi’,” said Kanayi.
Earlier, Kanayi Kunhiraman visited the sculpture four years back.