Bhubaneswar-based artist creates decorative objects
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Sep 20 (ANI): A Bhubaneswar-based artist has become an entrepreneur using coconut shells which are usually thrown away as trash in temple town.
The 41-year-old artist makes craft accessories, exhibition pieces and other home decor items, provides training to people living in remote areas to improve their skills. He also created an MSME (Micro, SmallMedium Enterprises).
Speaking to ANI, artist Devi Prashad Dash said: “Every day I find a huge amount of used coconut shells thrown by the temple administration through Odisha, which can be used to create decorative and utility products. ” Describing his passion for protecting the environment which then evolved into a profession transforming “Waste To Wealth” using used coconut shells in Temple City.
He started making items in 2011 and expanded his work by setting up training units and started selling products online through social media platforms.
“I registered with Micro, SmallMedium Enterprises (MSME) and even had the opportunity to set up booths at exhibitions,” he said.
“I had planned to collect all the used (waste) coconut shells and turn them into antique jewelry, home decor items, as well as peacocks from national birds and other animals. cut the shells with special tools and joined all the parts using adhesive. I also use eco-friendly colors to paint like peacocks, jewelry and other objects from decoration for the house. I have the products on the coconut shells from Rs 5,000 to Rs 5 lakh ”, he added.
In addition to creating decorative items, it also provides vocational training for people living in remote areas of the state.
“I visit remote areas of the state and provide vocational training for people to improve their skills. I set up a training center in my residence in Bhubaneswar and trained the students, ”he said. (ANI)