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Lady with the pulses lamp

Nov. 13: Rashmi Roshan Kankani, a homemaker, has hit upon a novel idea to allow everyone to have a bright Diwali this year, without having to burn a hole in their pocket.

Kankani has created lamps with pulses, which require only a drop of oil to illuminate.

She decided to create the lamps after seeing that many people from economically weaker sections were not able to celebrate Diwali properly, because of the rising prices of various commodities in the market.

Though the markets are flooded with colourful earthen lamps, many cannot afford them because of their high cost. Besides, the cost of oil required for lighting lamps has also gone up.

“I decided to create these lamps with pulses to send out a message on the rising inflation in society. The prices of all essential commodities have been rising steeply, resulting in an economic burden on the common man. I have attempted to highlight these problems through this concept of art. It is not possible for everybody to use lamps available in the market, as they consume a lot of oil. But the lamps made from pulses require only a drop of oil. This is my way of showing people to celebrate Diwali in an economical manner,” said Kankani.

The lamp has been made by inserting a cotton wick through a tiny hole on a single pulse. A drop of oil has to be poured through the hole to light the wick. However, the lamp will remain lit for little more than a minute.

Kankani presented governor J.B. Patnaik with these economical lamps at Raj Bhavan on Sunday.

“I have not created this lamp for sale in the market. I have created an object of art through which I can highlight issues that concern the people. When I presented the governor with these lamps, I told him about the problems that all are having while running their households because of the rising prices. He appreciated my work of art,” she said.

Last year too, Kankani had created decorative pieces from grains of rice on which she had painted the national flag, images of gods and goddesses and Hindu mantras.