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Traditional trip


ABSTRACT, CONTEMPORARY and impressionist take a backseat this week as traditional art colours two of the city's galleries.

At Raasi Art Gallery, all four traditional forms of South Indian painting will be on display till May 2. Kerala is represented by its traditional mural art, choovarchitram. These murals use just five colours — yellow, red, green, black and white — combined with delicate strokes. The subjects are usually drawn from the epics and can be seen on the walls of temples and palaces.

Kalamkari work, characterised by attention to detail, rich figures, drawn-out eyes and elaborate backgrounds, symbolises the art of Andhra Pradesh. Mysore's art means richly embellished and intricately painted characters from mythology against elaborate backgrounds. Tanjore paintings with their heavily ornamented, gem-studded, stylised and gold-papered figures represent Tamil Nadu's art tradition at this exhibition.

The work is on display between 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. at Raasi Art Gallery, 1, Anna Avenue, Bakthavatsalam Nagar, Adyar, ph: 24410389.

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