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Close to reality

Manisha Raju's works in dry pastels focus on human relationships



Simple yet striking: One of Manisha Raju's paintings — Pic. by K.V.Srinivasan

MANISHA RAJU has a doctorate in Management from the Nagpur University, but her heart is in art. As a youngster, she did not realise how deep rooted her interest was, but over the past few years, unable to resist the creative urge, she has taken to painting seriously.

Her figurative works in her favourite medium of dry pastels deal with women and human relationships. She has also painted in oils and poster colours. Manisha's pastels on show at the Art Gallery, C.P. Art Centre has women and divine images of Radha-Krishna, Siva-Parvathi and Rama-Sita in soft texture. The colours, which are easy on the eye, spread and merge smoothly. In her works, the eyes of the people are always closed conveying that they have shut out the world and are in search of the self. Both god and ordinary people have been portrayed in simple costumes without adornments and props.The faces in all the paintings appear similar, and so do expressions. Manisha's style resembles that of the Indian artists of the early 1900s. She lives and works at the Cholamandal Artists Village.

Dolls on display

The Art Gallery also has on display traditional dolls from Kondapalli in Andhra Pradesh and wooden toys from Chennapatna in Karnataka. The Chennapatna toys are coated with bright colours, while the Kondapalli dolls are small and have been an integral part of kolus for many decades in Tamil homes.

Especially the Dasavataras dolls are quite popular. But many of them lack a good finish. A few cloth dolls are also on display at the show.

Manisha's first solo show and the dolls exhibition are on till October 28 (10 a.m. to 7 pm).

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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