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Painting a portrait of 'Love'


By M. Harish Govind

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, July 17. A painting of Christ's face in adolescence has sparked interest in artistic circles in the State capital. The 2 ft.x2.5 ft. oil painting recreates Christ's face in adolescence, a period in the life of the Son of God which is shrouded in anonymity.

The face shows no signs of the torment that characterised his features in the all-too-familiar representations of Christ, which also show him wearing a crown of thorns.

The painter, 28-year-old Gijo Philip from Erayilkadavu in Kottayam, who was in the city the other day, believes that it was a divine inspiration that prompted him to paint Christ's face in a form which no one had thought of earlier.

Gigo says the image of Christ as a 12-year-old arguing with scholars, has come down to us from Biblical tradition. However, Christ had led a life of anonymity after that till the age of 30, when He was baptised. It is the face of the Son of God during the period of anonymity that Gigo has attempted to recreate.

When he embarked on his task, the young painter had in mind the face of Christ that has come down from Michaelangelo's paintings. The eyes radiate love and on the chin sports the beginnings of a fair beard.

Gigo plans to gift the painting to the Pope and hopes it will find a place in the Papal museum at the Vatican some day.

THE SHOOTING of "Ravana Prabhu", the maiden directorial venture of the hit script-writer Renjith, is progressing in Tamil Nadu. Billed as a sequel of the highly successful "Devasuram", which was scripted by Renjith, megastar Mohanlal has been roped in for the new film too.

Mohanlal was given a negative role as in "Devasuram". But what is different about the new venture is that the versatile actor will be playing the dual roles of father and son.

Film directors usually retain the entire supporting team while they come out with the sequel of a movie, but it appears that Renjith is breaking convention here.

Manian Pillai Raju has been left out, though the rest of the supporting team which figured in "Devasuram" has been retained.

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