Meet Gujarat-based artist who created doodle for India’s 74th Republic Day

Google celebrated India’s 74th Republic Day by releasing a new doodle featuring the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan in the background along with several other elements of the Republic Day parade.

The illustration was created by Ahmedabad-based artist Parth Kothekar, who designed the artwork from intricately hand-cut paper. Besides Rashtrapati Bhawan, today’s doodle artwork features India Gate, the CRPF marching contingent and motorcycle riders.

As quoted by India Today, Mr. Kothekar revealed that he wanted to create a portrait of India and wished to weave various strands and elements together.

“My inspiration was to create a portrait of India. The exhibition that takes place during the Republic Day parade is vast and humbling! I wished to weave various strands and elements of it together,” Mr. Kothekar said.

Here is a brief profile of Parth Kothekar:

Born and brought up in Gujarat, Mr. Kothekar claims that all his papercut artwork are sketched and hand-carved individually from single sheets of paper.

In his interaction with Eat My News in 2021, Parth Kothekar pursued animation after completing high school.

Kothekar claims that he dropped out as the institute stressed only on 3D animation studies, while he himself was interested in 2d art-formats. Post-drop out, Mr. Kathekar began sketching full-time.

Kothekar’s craft has been exhibited at Ahmedabad’s Kanoria Center of Arts, where 84 pieces of his work were displayed.

His illustrations have been carried by Behance (Adobe-owned social media platform), featured at London’s National History Museum, among others.

According to his website, Kothekar was invited by the New Zealand government in 2016 to showcase his work in the country.

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