On Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray's 93rd birth anniversary, the political party has held celebrations across Maharashtra, remembering their founder father. Meanwhile, an artist from Mumbai created a portrait of late Thackeray, using 33,000 rudrakshas, a type of prayer beads Thackeray was particularly fond of. Using different colours, he has given a 3D effect to the portrait, which is now displayed in front of the Shiv Sena Bhavan. Artist Chetan Raut says he tried making a world record with his work.
"Balasaheb Thackeray had a special relationship with rudraksha, so I wanted this portrait to be made of it. It is an 8 x 8 feet portrait and is made up of 33,000 rudrakshas, I tried to make a world record," he told ANI. On the other hand, the Thackeray Memorial Trust is also in progress. The Maharashtra Government will transfer 11,500 sqm land to the trust on Wednesday. A budget of Rs 100 crore has been reportedly alloted. However, before the construction of the sea facing property begins, it will need a green signal from the Ministry of Environment.
Shiv Sena has also organised an event in Mumbai on Wednesday, which is expected to be attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alongside present Shiv Sena honcho Uddhav Thackeray and other leaders.