Akhil Vinayak, a 21-year-old student of third year from Department of architecture and Planning, VNIT Nagpur carves a record on jackfruit leaves.


A student from Architecture Department VNIT, Nagpur carves a record on jackfruit leaves


Akhil Vinayak, a 21-year-old student of third year from Department of architecture and Planning, VNIT Nagpur carves a record on jackfruit leaves. His journey to INDIA and ASIA BOOKS of RECORD began when he decided to carve out a portrait of his mother Usha Sukumar on a jackfruit tree leaf to surprise her on her birthday. The success of his first
attempt at carving portraits on leaves prompted him to try making the portraits of all the nine Indians who won the Noble Prize. He was recognized by the India Book of Records 2021 for ‘maximum portraits of Noble Prize winners of India carved on leaves’. While the medal and certificates for the first recognition were received by Akhil by post, he received another confirmation mail from the Asia Book of Records 2021 a few days later stating he has been awarded the ’GRAND MASTER’ title for the same set of works. Akhil, the elder son of Rajendra Kumar and Usha Sukumar wanted to gift something special to his mother who was away at work in Thrissur. The picture of his mother’s portrait became
a hit on the social media and encouraged him to attempt and create more. Akhil quotes “I have loved painting since childhood but this was something entirely different and special. My parent has always supported me and encouraged to take on the challenge of making the portraits of the Nobel laureates. The portraits included that of Rabindranath
Tagore, C.V.Raman, Har Gobind Khurana, Mother Teresa, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Amartya Sen, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Kailash Satyarthi and Abhijit Banerjee. I applied for the India and Asia Book of Records but never thought I would be recognized” Each portrait took him more than 3 hours to complete “the most challenging one was
Tagore’s thanks to his long beard. Also as most of them used eyeglasses I had to be very careful while cutting the leaves” said Akhil.