New Delhi: In a bid to make proper utilisation of time during the COVID-19 lockdown period, a miniature artist from Surat has carved beautiful art pieces on betel nuts. The artist, Pavan Sharma, has also created artefacts of the Ram temple, Lord Ganesha and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Also Read - Omicron Scare: Serum Institute Seeks DCGI's Approval for Covishield as Booster Dose

Speaking to news agency ANI, the artist said, “I took up this hobby during quarantine to utilise time. I have carved about 60 artefacts till now like betel leaves boxes, conch shell stands, little miniature water pots and models.” Also Read - Punjab Assembly Polls: Akali Dal's Manjinder Singh Sirsa Joins BJP In Presence of Union Ministers

Sharma carves various things on small betel nuts such as images of Lord Ganesha, Ram Mandir, corona warriors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alphabets, Happy New year 2021 and many more things. Also Read - Japan Confirms 2nd Case of Omicron Variant, Infected Patient From Peru in Quarantine Now

“It is difficult to do carving on betel nuts as they are hard and initially it took me around two to three hours to carve one alphabet but now with practice, I can now carve the same in about 15 minutes,” he added.

(With ANI inputs)