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Different strokes

About 30 years ago, in a kindergarten school at Kamaleshwaram in the city, a teacher asked her 20-odd students to draw an apple. Some drew huge circles, others tiny ones.

There was this boy who painted the whole paper red. The teacher looked bemused, and the whole class burst into laughter. "That was my first brush with painting,'' says Kamapalan Saradha Siddhan, who is, today, an accomplished painter, sculptor and an authority on Vasthu shilpa.

It was his father, Kamapalan, an expert painter and sculptor, who taught Siddhan the rudiments of the art. There is a certain element of brightness in his paintings -- the subtle variations of light blend smoothly with the subject.

Siddhan's outstation assignments include a sculpture of Bal Thackeray's wife, and the one in Bangok where he sculpted in ivory the bust of the Thai King.

Sidhan's wife, Sophia, is an artist and a singer.

The painter likes to listen to classical songs. He admires the works of Ravi Varma.

Siddhan has his own philosophy when it comes to appreciating art. "Even a child should be able to appreciate art,'' he says.

He is not against modern art forms. "But these days even amateur strokes are mistaken for modern art,'' he says.

Siddhan's ambition in life is to start an art school.

RENCHY ABRAHAM

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