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Shiv Khara of Odisha earns praises for successfully fitting whale skeletons

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Shiv Khara of Odisha earns praises for successfully fitting whale skeletons

Shiv Khara of Odisha earns praises for successfully fitting whale skeletons
October 10
10:58 2017

By Our Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR, OCT. 10: Shiv Prasad Parida of Odisha has successfully fitted skeletons of five whales so far and placing those in the museums following a proper processing.

According to Mr Khara, he started his skeleton joint project from Ganjam where he gave a complete shape of a huge whale rescued in 2007.

Now, the 42-ft whale in skeleton form is put on display at the office of Chilika Development Authority (CDA) at Chilika in Puri district.

A 47-ft whale was his next project to combine the skeletons by putting a chemical quoting. Following success of the two projects there was no looking back for him. A 32-ft whale was his yet another achievement through chemical processing. These two skeletons have become the centre of attraction for the visitors at Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) at Acharya Vihar here.

With the success, Mr Khara got opportunity to build a skeleton of a whale in Mysore in Karnataka.

Three months ago, Mr Khara achieved success by arranging the bones of a 42-ft whale at Zoological Survey of India in Digha. The skeleton of the whale was buried in 2012. The bones of the whale were fractured during excavation in 2016. But, he placed the bones in order and gave a complete shape of the skeleton.

“One has to be extra careful while fitting the bones. While it takes years for chemical procession, the bones are arranged within six months and bones are fixed in five-six days,” he said.

Recently, Union ministry of forest, environment and climate change additional secretary Amita Prasad felicitated the artist for his distinguished work and effort in fitting the skeletons of whales.

Mr Khara is not only well known as the man of whale skeleton, the skeletons of over 20 species including elephant, rhinoceros, Indian pangolin, deer, salt water crocodiles, dolphins and different types of birds placed in RMHN, CDA and Bhitarkanika museums are also part of his achievements.

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