HYDERABAD: Some might see winning several awards for creating breathtaking sets in the Telugu film industry as a major achievement, but for those who are driven by passion, finding their true purpose brings them happiness and fulfillment . Such is the story of Anand Sai, the chief architect behind the redesign of the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple.
The son of a renowned art director, Anand studied at a Ramakrishna mission school in Chennai. Even as a child, Anand was delighted by temples. He learns about the historical, architectural and religious aspects of the temples.
For the reconstruction of the temple, he drew inspiration from the Dravidian (Krishnadevaraya era), Pallava and Kakatiyan styles, among others. He has created over 4,000 renders (hand drawn) and designed 3D models of various components for them.
“KCR was heavily involved”
“When I showed my drawing to the chief minister, he immediately connected with my idea,” Anand told Express.
He also points out that CM Rao visited the temple and met with it at least 10 times while the work was in progress, aside from the many encounters the two of them had.
Although not many know, the Statue of Equality and the Divya Deshams built at the JIVA campus of Chinna Jeeyar Swami in Mucchintal near Shamshabad were also inspired by Anand’s designs, although he was not not been the architect of this project.
After that, Anand says he will not return to his life in Tollywood, although he has been offered to work in two films, and will instead follow his passion for temple architecture.
Currently, Anand is working on projects in Tirumala of Andhra Pradesh and Rama Stupa in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.