12 Artistic Tributes to Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa always maintained that her first love was the arts. Had she been alive, she would certainly have appreciated some (if not all) of the tributes from different part of India that we have put together to commemorate her birth anniversary on February 24.

Art for Amma

Jayalalithaa’s mother Sandhya was a trained classical musician, dancer and a film actor. She had a culturally rich upbringing. In Mysore (now Mysuru) and immersed herself in the musical legends and watched Mysore palace dancers perform at the annual Dussehra celebrations. She witnessed how the Mysore royals patronized classical music, dance, yoga and literature and decided her daughter must master some of these art forms.

Perhaps as a consequence of this early inculcation from her mother, whatever the fortunes of her political career, Jayalalithaa always maintained that her first love was the arts. Had she been alive, she would certainly have appreciated some (if not all) of the tributes from different part of India that we have put together to commemorate her birth anniversary on February 24.

1. FROM KERALA WITH LOVE

Udayan Edappal is from Kerala. He studied art and design at MES Ponmani College. He has done many sculptures in the sand. This is his tribute to Jayalalithaa.


2. TO JAYALALITHAA FROM ODISHA

Sudarsan Pattnaik was born on 15 April 1977 in Puri in the Indian state of Odisha. His specialty is sand art. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2014. This is his sand painting of Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalitha Sand Sculpture by Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik


3. A TOUCH OF DADA FOR AMMA

The bold and brash wall and poster art from Chennai is famed for its political leanings, over-the-top sensibility and the likeness to Dadaism. You can see shades of it in this piece of hagiography.


4. PENTASTICALLY JAYALALITHAA:

One look at Anikartick’s Facebook page is enough to tell you that he is a prolific and skilled pen artist. This is his tribute to the grand lady of Tamil politics, and cinema.

Pen Drawing of J Jayalalithaa by Anikartick


5. MASKA POLISHED

Dr. Chef Vinoth Kumar, CEO and founder of Sai Institute of Carving, Chennai carved this intricate and detailed butter sculpture dedicated to the memory of Jayalalithaa.

3D Butter Sculpture of Selvi J. Jayalalithaa


6. SEMMA STEAMED

An idly weighing 68 kg made in the likeness of the visage of the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

68kg Idli in the form of a Jayalalithaa Portrait

68kg Idli in the form of a Jayalalithaa Portrait


7. LEADING LIGHT

A power-packed representation of one of the most powerful women in Tamil Nadu is this portrait in LED.

Jayalalithaa LED Art


8. THE COLOURS OF AMMA

Jayalalithaa led an eventful life full of ups and downs and left her admirers and critics alike with so many colourful memories. See how Vipul Palekar paints his memory of her in water colours.


9. BLOODY DEVOTED

Jayalalithaa more often than not inspired extremes of emotions. These two examples are perhaps the most extreme of them all. For one, there’s this sculpture made out of frozen human blood…

Sculptor Hussaini uses his fingers to wipe a sculpture of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha, made from 11 litres of frozen blood, in Chennai

…and this one that used 11L of blood donated by the sculptor and other fans.  The prime creator of the latter example had earlier used his own blood to paint 56 portraits of the leader.


10. BRIGHT IDEA

An ardent Jayalalitha follower in Coimbatore designed a special bulb in a bid to thank the Chief Minister, who had, during the election campaign, promised to provide 100 units of power free for all domestic consumers in the State.


11. OVER THE TOP

Say hello to another devotee of Amma. He’s known as Biscuit Babu. Biscuit Babu has nothing to do with the confectionery. He deals in selling used cars. His father used to run a bakery shop. It was famous for the home-made biscuits. Babu and not his father got identified by his friends as Biscuit Babu. The name stuck. And his son now makes the most of it.

Biscuit Babu junior is an ardent Amma devotee. To celebrate the 63rd birthday of his idol, Biscuit Babu baked a 630 kg cake. Next, he bought a Volkswagen for Rs 8 lakhs, acquired a number plate that said 234, put up 63 stickers of the chief minister on the vehicle, her statue on the roof of the car, and emblazoned a slogan on the side of the car that said (in Tamil, of course), World’s Moving Wonder. Why 234 stickers? Biscuit Babu decided to canvass in 234 constituencies for Amma’s party. You can get to the bottom of this delightful story here, and here.


12. SCULPTED IN 24 HOURS

A sculptor in West Godavari sculpted this statue of J. Jayalalithaa in under 24 hours. Cheggit.


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Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.

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