Odisha has always been rich in amazing sculptures in our temples. From Jagannath temple in Puri to Lingaraja Temple, as far as our eyes reach, there is an evident example of rich art. But as we slowly and steadily enter modernity, this art is losing its importance and now we see fewer artists pursuing this field with love and passion.
Sunil Bindhani from steel city Rourkela is one such artist who has magical hands when it comes to sculpting. From carving the face of goddess Durga each year in Durga Puja to being the only Indian to representing India and being felicitated last year in the 12th OITA Asian Sculpture Exhibition, Mr. Bindhani has made Odisha proud.
His sculpture IT Baby is a representation of the effect of technology on our future generation and how our future generation would be nothing more but a living and breathing mess of wires and chips. His work dictates how we converge more towards these so called modern amenities rather than enjoying the nature and taking time out of our artificial jungle of tech. He used fibre glass and superior quality rubber for his IT Baby and his work is a talk of the town in Japan. Sunil was also felicitated by the governor of Japan in an event and got laurels for our state.
After completing his schooling, he attended Utkal University of culture and arts and also in New Delhi College of Art. And these outstanding institutions helped him to participate in various competitions and bagged numerous medals. Currently he is practicing his art in Dubai.
Apart from Japan, Australia also had the chance to witness the brilliance behind Sunil’s IT Baby when he participated in the 9th Deakin University Contemporary Small Structures Award . From 220 Entries only 40 finalists were selected and Sunil’s IT Baby won people’s choice award and a sum of $1000 AUD as prize. He was one of the two international finalists this year.
He says of his work that “IT Baby was conceived with the strong thought given to the Generation Next. In this new age world we are all racing against time and fail to notice the natural beauty around us.”