Home chef Bindhu Hephzibah is the only Chennaiite who is part of this friendly art battle. She has made an 8-tier cake called Blagodaryu vas, Russia (Thank you, Russia) as a tribute to Russia for the classical art the country has offered. “Russia’s influence on world culture through its contribution to literature, visual arts, performing arts, philosophies, ideologies and lifestyle is admirable. My cake is a tribute to Russia for the classical art the country has offered to make this world a place that is filled with better perceptions, beauty and ecstasy. It took 20 days to finish the cake. Usually, when I get orders to make cakes, I follow the instructions given by the client. But for this cake art project, I could create art according to my wish,” Bindhu tells us.
The home chef has incorporated interesting information about Russian culture in a subtle manner in the cake. “From the bottom, tier eight depicts the dance costume of popular folk dance of Russia. Known for a great story, artistic prowess, originality, personal reflection about life’s important questions, the classical literature of Russia has stood the test of time. On tier seven, I have represented a few of the titles by Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Mikhail Lermontov, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lyudmila Utilskaya. Tier six mentions some of the best quotes and poetry lines by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Tyutchev and Anna Akhmatova. Tier five features replica of the finest Russian paintings by Nikolay Bogdanov, Valentin Serov, Natalia Goncharova and Andrei Rublev. Tier four appreciates replica of sculptures of Russia’s greatest sculptors Anna Golubkina, Ivan Dmitrievich, Dora Gordine and Paolo Troubetzkoy.”
Tier three depicts the mosaic art of Russia. Tier two has quotes by Fyodor Dostoevsky from White Nights that says ‘Life is a journey with ups and downs and more conflict than we like to admit. Struggle, conflicts, overcoming obstacles are the primary ingredients in all drama. To live is to have a story to tell’. “Tier 1 features an abstract representation of Russia’s flag, national bird eagle and flower chamomile. For the topper, I’ve made one of Russia’s popular statues, Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. It is an example of socialist realism, a muscular man and a well muscular woman holding a hammer and a sickle in their hands as a part of communist symbolism representing the eternal union of the working class and peasantry in Soviet Russia,” she adds.