Puducherry bakery pays homage to Tamil poet Subramania Bharathi with 6.6ft tall chocolate statue
As a tribute to the Tamil and polyglot poet Subramania Bharathi, a bakery in Puducherry – ZUKA Chocolates – created a life-size statue of the eminent personality, better known as Mahakavi Bharathiyar. The 6.6-foot-tall statue – made of edible semi-sweet dark chocolate, white chocolate and milk chocolate – weighs 482 kilograms.
âEvery year in December, as a tribute, we create life-size statues of eminent personalities. It has been a while since we wanted to create the statue of Bharathiyar. As this year was his 139th birthday and 100 years after his death, we wanted to dedicate our 40th chocolate creation to the pillar of literature, âsaid Srinath Balachandran, general manager of the bakery. indianexpress.com.
The bakery has already created life-size chocolate creations from such figures as late singer SP Balasubrahmanyam, actor Rajinikanth, actor and comedian Charlie Chaplin, Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Indian fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. .
Compared to all the ancient chocolate statues in the bakery, the statue of Mahakavi Subramania Bharathiyar was created in the shortest period of 106 hours or less than 10 days by executive chef Rajendran, Balachandran informed.
âIt took us three months to plan, including scanning almost 89 images of Bharathiyar to get the right shades with the help of our in-house designer. While we wanted to finish it in September for the 139th anniversary of Mahakavi’s birth on September 11, we realized that might not be possible with the Covid restrictions and the bakery partially closed. So we timed it with our December tributes, as well as the Christmas and New Year rush that sees more tourists, âBalachandran explained.
Balachandran, himself a skilled chocolatier, also said that they had wanted to create the statue of Mahakavi for some time now and were waiting for permission from the poet’s family. âWe always take the permission of the family or the person for the creations. This time, we got permission from Rajkumar Bharathi, Mahakavi Bharathi’s great-grandson, who even visited us in person to see our work, âhe explained.
The statues, which are melted down to be reused for other creations, are kept in a temperature-controlled environment of 25-26 degrees Celsius within the bakery. âSometimes they’re turned into candy for fundraisers. But most of the time, they’re reused for other chocolate creations, âBalachandran said.
In compliance with Covid restrictions, creation is barricaded within the bakery. âWe are following all precautions so that there is no overcrowding. We really want people to visit. As designers, there is no greater joy than seeing and appreciating your creations, âsaid Balachandran.
The chocolate statue would be on display from December 18 to 30, 2021.
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