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Artistic pursuits

Students work their magic on canvas using a variety of media in Art Fair 2004.


ANY ART form is a celebration of creativity, self-expression and imagination. In an age when creative ideas call the shots in any field, be it fashion, graphic designing, printing or photography, the scope for students of art is growing by the day.

To provide an outlet for such students to express their creative ideas and carve a niche for themselves, Lalit Kalakshetra is organising Art Fair `04 from November 26 to 29. "We are coming out with this concept after a gap of two years. Our basic objective is to encourage artists in Coimbatore and promote art," says Raviraj, director of Lalit Kalakshetra, Raviraj College of Fine Arts.


Out of the collection, collages and patchworks are the cynosure of all eyes, though water colours, oils and poster colours outnumber them. M. Shanthi, a student, has painted an yellow hibiscus in oil. There is also a glass painting of Lord Venkateshwara and clay work done in Rajasthani style using ceramic powder.

An array of paintings of art students and outside artists will be on display during the fair. Ten works of the 200 paintings to be displayed, will be awarded - five prizes going to students of Lalit Kalakshetra and the remaining to outside participants.

Myriad fare

The speciality of this expo is variety. You have 3-dimensional work, ceramic tile work (painting on ceramic tiles), miniature paintings and Indian ink sketches. Other paintings include abstracts, landscapes in acrylic and Tanjore paintings. Deepika, another student, has showcased her prowess in still life. "It is only in still life painting that we gets to express our individual styles," say the art students participating in the expo.

As one goes through the collection, a portrait of a mother and child and another of a little girl in deep thought catches your attention. "This is stump powder work done using black powder," explains Raviraj.

A student of the advanced painting course at the Academy, V. Manonmani, will exhibit her modern art with child as concept. Her other exhibits include pencil drawings and 3D paintings (embossed pictures that give a three-dimensional look and are done using ceramic powder and M-seal).

The paintings will be selected for the awards based on creativity, aesthetic value and grammar - this includes component, rhythm, balance, unity and properties. All the paintings are up for sale.

K. JESHI

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