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Mindful of artistic touch

"Of course, I have plans to resume my business in Madurai also. But before that I want to carve a niche for my myself in painting."


LEARNING ANY art form is interesting. Specialising in one of the rarely touched upon branches is more interesting.

Raghavan, a native of Mannadimangalam, is doing that exactly.

Beginning his career in an advertising agency, he is now serving the Narasingaperumal Temple at Mannadimangalam. He spends his leisure, sketching illustrations of idols installed in various temples in Madurai district.

The motivation came when he visited his native village following a call from his father, and sketched the illustration for a Viswaroopam idol of Lord Vishnu, comprising the Dasavatharam, for the Narasingaperumal Temple, which is 700-year-old, and belongs to their family. He says, "I don't do this as a business, but only for my satisfaction." "In fact, I prepared a sketch for the same idol even when I was studying in college. But I lost it somewhere. Later, in a magazine I got references to the idol and made the present sketch. This resembled the idols found in the temples of Andhra Pradesh. Some small corrections were made following suggestions from a Stapathi," he says.

The daily rituals in the temple are performed by his father, Pitchumani Iyengar, a popular astrologer, who writes on the subject in various magazines.

"Some of my memorable works are the sketch of the Anaipatty Temple, which I did in the temple itself, and the Viswaroopam idol which I did for our temple. They are also my best pieces," feels Raghavan.

"All painters will possess skills to make illustrations. But only a few improve their talents. It needs a lot of concentration, because even a slightest error will spoil the work and the several hours you have put in to create the piece," he explains.

"Though I was flourishing in my advertising business in Chennai, I came here after I got a call from our family deity. I am completely happy here, as I am involved in a pious work and fulfilling my father's wish to work for the development of the temple", he says.

"Of course, I have plans to resume my business in Madurai also. But before that I want to carve a niche for my myself in painting," says Raghavan.

Not confining himself to painting alone, he has the knack of giving artistic touch to anything that comes to his hand. He can create godly figures in choir, artwork with sawdust and rice husk.

A multifaceted personality in different arts, Raghavan says, "I have designed sketches for greetings put out by some companies. As the response was encouraging, I am hopeful that I will succeed in a big way in the Temple City too".

MRA

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