.now you measure the size of Eswara's miniature books
No.125 Alwarpet Street in Chennai south India is a busy place where India’s miniature book printer lives and thinks day night, one book after another. Meet K. Eswar Kumar who owns a screen printing unit for commercial printing Eswara Screen engaged in designing and screen printing.
The videos and photographs here shows his master pieces of MINIATURE BOOKS, screen printed based on contents of historical data collected from Library sources.
His maiden book was THIRUKKURAL - collection of 1330 verses of famous Tamil Poet Thiruvalluvar in English and Tamil languages.
Dimension: 18 mm width, 14mm height, 15 mm thickness
No. of pages : 271.
Weight : 3.5 gms.
Dimesion: 19 mm width, 15mm height, 15 mm thickness
No. of pages : 271.
Weight : 3.9 gms.
He says these books took 14 months to complete in 2001, printed with 2 pt font on 18.6 gsm maplitho paper. It Secured a place in Limca Book of Records in 2002 itself.
3.His smallest 16-page book printed on 18.6 gsm paper, was on animals and birds produced in 2005 which compared to a RICE GRAIN. (Dimension: width 1 mm; height 1 mm and thickness 1 mm). He took 3 months to complete this book which has 0.8 mm size animals and birds visuals and he secured a place in 2006 Limca Book of Records.
4) LIFE HISTORY OF MAHATMA GANDHI – Book 1 (2002) which secured place in Limca Book of Records in 2003.
Dimension : 10 mm width, 10 mm height, 5 mm thickness
No. of pages : 85.
Weight : 0.85 gms.
5) LIFE HISTORY OF MAHATMA GANDHI – Book no.2 (2002)
No. of pages : 144.
Dimension : 5 mm width, 5 mm height, 9 mm thickness
Weight : 0.25 gms.
(He took 9 months to complete these two books).
6. The book of Adolf Hitler life history has taken 2 months of period to complete. The 182 pages book with golden lining on edge of paper has the dimension of 9mm width, 11 mm height, 12 mm thickness.
7. Last year he had produced one more 124-page book on Mahatma Gandhi with a dimension of 9 mm width, 11 mm height 10 mm thickness.
Eswara received a “CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION” from Madras Coin Society for exhibiting Miniature Book on Mahatma Gandhi, during the Society’s “Spirit of Gandhi” exposition conducted from 30-01-2003 to 02-02-2003 by V Kalyanam (Former Personal Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi) and Mr. D.H.Rao (President of Madras Coin Society)
In the past he had also exhibited the Miniature Books of Mahatma Gandhi & Thirukurral at Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
In interview with this superstar iReporter/CNN (shripada bhat), Eswara says: “I have been recognised and secured place in Limca Book of Records 2002, 2003, 2004 (INDIA) for 3 years for these Smallest Screen Printed books”
“I got greatly inspired after seeing the documentary on father of printing.... and I wanted to be in screen printing for ever but intended to produce unique work. Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) was a German goldsmith, printer and publisher who introduced modern book printing.
He was inspired to produce book on Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler because both were leaders of their time but Gandhi was known for his peaceful leadership where as Hitler was known for his leadership with aggressive traits.
What are the Challenges?
“It is a big challenge to make a tiny achievement. Layout those tiny pages and fitting the text systematically in 2 fonts is most difficult and next comes the cutting the visiting card size paper on which I print the text through screen printing process using 120 threat mesh. Then book is bound and glued in a normal procedure. But I do it single handed which takes long time including some sleepless nights since I have to run my regular screen printing business to make a living as a businessman.”
Tell us something more about your family:
“My parents encourage (My father: K Poorna Chander Rao) me a lot. They never said I am wasting my time. We hail from Tenali, a historical town in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh, South India. (The place is known after Tenali Rama a court-poet of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 16th century.) But we settled in Chennai in Tamil Nadu state since my childhood. I could not do higher education due to personal reasons and and got into screen printing as a business in 1992 after working for 2 years in a printing unit in Chennai. My parents say with me. But I am not fully supporting my better half Jyothi to complete her MBA since I could not go for higher education.”
“Apart from routine commercial screen printing and miniature book printing, I also collect old antiques which are very rare to find out now; I also have few collections with me like cameras, telescopes, palm scripts, very old books. I also collect old coins and currency notes of various countries including India. I am also fond of philately which is study of postal stamps and other related items.”
“It is my passion. Screen printing is a process which can be done by hand (although automatic machines are available).” So he wanted to spend some time in high level of creativity. His set his big eyes on Guinness Book of World Records by improving his works further and beat the world recorder in his area of creativity.
“I am already working on my next project. This would be a set of 12 Miniature books of 12 great personalities from different walks of life. The size of these would be so small that I intended to fit them in normal match box sized shelf,” reveals Eswara by giving the list of books to be screen printed in the days to come.