February 23, 2009

India in New Zealand 2008-09

Dravid's new price tag

Nishi Narayanan


Atul Dodiya's The Wall ©
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Cricketers keep lending their names to products all the time but how many have works of art based on their nickname? A painting titled ‘The Wall’ as a tribute to Rahul Dravid's impregnable defence has sold for US$115,800 at a modern and contemporary art auction in Mumbai. The painting is done in three parts: 13 members of India’s 2007 World Cup squad have their autographs on each brick in the painting; next to this is Bollywood actor Aamir Khan in the midst of a big crowd watching a cricket match; the last part features a boy sitting on top of the wall which is part of a hilly landscape. Atul Dodiya, the artist, has dedicated the work to Dravid. Here’s hoping this inspires Dravid to create some masterpieces of his own in New Zealand.

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