Tucked in between the small dense apartments of Pallikaranai is a quaint studio with antique paraphernalia, rare books and glimmering statues of political and historic leaders—of varied sizes between ten inches to seven feet tall. “Sillaii,” Arun Titan enunciates, “No matter which part of the world you come from, the pronunciation is more or less the same.” He gleams with passion as he speaks about how Silaii, since its inception in 2019, was always intended to become a global sculpture-making brand.

Arun was considered a dunce at school—”Very much like the boy from the movie ‘Taare Zameen Par’,” he describes, “In fact, I failed 12th grade and came back to complete it only because I wanted to join the Fine Arts School in Chennai—where completing school was a requirement.”

College life was a new chapter. Arun found his passion in visual design and was determined to excel. He had finally found a place where he belonged. “The campus was multidisciplinary and offered courses in sculpting, printmaking, visual design, ceramic art and painting,” he explains, “Even though visual design was my major, I got to learn a little bit of everything else too.” This was the inception of…

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