Raju's Midas touch
M.V. Raju uses his creativity to design innovative saris, rings and machines among other inventions
HE IS just an Intermediate dropout, born to a traditional goldsmith family. But that has not deterred 35-year-old M.V. Raju from coming out with dozens of inventions that could amuse, if not befuddle, most of us.
Raju, who has earned the sobriquet "Golden Raju", is now aspiring to enter the Limca Book of World Records with his latest invention - a unique Navaratna Pochampally sari , which is embedded with 2.5 kilograms of precious navaratna gem stones, said to be the first of its kind in the world. And can you guess the price of the sari ? It's a mind-boggling Rs 1 crore, never mind if anyone comes forward to purchase the sari or not.
"I designed the sari with some of the rarest navaratna stones collected over a period of 20 years from different parts of the country," says Raju. The sari used up 2.5 kilograms of rare stones and 50 days of labour involving his entire family.
"Unless someone evinces serious interest in purchasing the sari , I would prefer to keep it in my own personal inventions gallery," he states.
Raju recently came out with two unique rings - a revolving navaratna and a nakshatra. The revolving navaratna has been innovatively designed with an inbuilt magnetic resonance and ball bearing system to synchronise with the body movements of the person.
"The revolving navaratna will be of use to people who have their own beliefs of the planetary movements and prefer wearing different gem stones," he says. On the other hand, the nakshatra ring dazzles in the night like a twinkling star, an innovation he had developed just a few days ago.
For Raju, designing such unique items has been a passion for the past one decade. Around October last year, the talented goldsmith had developed more than 77 models of "professional rings" to cater to the needs of different professionals like doctors, engineers, advocates, police personnel and software engineers besides logos of different corporate companies.
Claim to fame
The goldsmith-turned-inventor, whose role model is Thomas Alva Edison, shot into fame in 1994 for developing a low-cost gold tech-casting machine. The machine, besides dispensing with the manual process, increased the work output by six-fold and helped develop intricate designs. The invention also fetched him the Young Entrepreneur Award-1996-97 from the State Government.
He has also been the recipient of several other awards like the Best Inventor award by Sri Virat Vishvakarma Sangham, Best Jewellery Artist for the year 1997 at the Viswakarma Arts and Crafts Festival, Outstanding Young Person of 1998 from Secunderabad Jaycees Chamber and the Achievements Award from the Lions Club of Secunderabad in 1999-2000.
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