Thrissur: Avittathur native Manoj Mohanan is gaining fame as the sculptor who makes miniature sculptures. He makes miniature figures of various musical instruments like Chenda, Thimila and Idakka, household articles like chair, lamp, Para (paddy measuring unit) and the like.
Though Manoj studied electronics and now works in film editing industry, he is passionate about art and started focussing on miniature art during lockdown crisis. His father Mohanan also makes wooden items. So, Manoj thought about making their miniature versions.
The 36-year-old started by making mini chairs on wood. Then he made traditional items like, Para, Nilavilakku, Kindi and similar things. Some of the items have a size of only 2-5 inches. He follows same measurements as the original objects and used the same materials also.
Wood and leather used for making original Chenda were used for making the mini version too. Manoj visited a Chenda making centre in Irinjalakkuda to watch the making and understand the size. Once he posted the pictures on social media, he started receiving very positive responses.
Now Manoj makes miniature items as per demand of his friends and buyers. Father Mohanan, mother Raji, wife Smitha and 5-year-old son Vedik also support Manoj in his creative venture.