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Amalgam of talents

Teachers from the Department of Painting, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, are holding a painting exhibition at the Madonna Art Gallery, Mattancherry.



UNITED COLOURS: Works of nine artists on display

ALMOST A month ago, a group of teachers from the Department of Painting, Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady, visited the Madonna Art Gallery at Jew Town, Mattancherry, with a promise to return later. And today they are back with a collection of their works.

Nine artists

All of the nine artists, whose paintings adorn the walls of the gallery, although educated at different schools and in various sections of art study, have succeeded in portraying individual styles that speak for itself, each one distinctly different from the other. Some portray the subject clearly, while others carry a hidden message in unique strokes with a blend of colours.

Take the work of Basanth Peringode for instance. A graduate of the Guruvayur Mural College and winner of the 2003 Cartoon Academy Award, Peringode has displayed paintings of a series known as `Scenes of Mattancherry.' Scenes of the town, in shades of brown against a stark white background, created in flowing strokes bring out unique scenes of the place.

While Saju Thuruthil, also from the Guruvayur Mural College, has displayed fine works in black and white on a series called `Njanum Kiliyum'. Winner of the Kaladarpanam Award in 2000 and the Chitrakalanidhi Award in 2002, the artist has 20 one-man-shows and 18 group shows to his credit. In his series, the work depicts emotive feelings of subjects, mainly women, in relation to a pet bird. His style is different; throwing emphasis on the subject in elongated strokes that brings subtle attention to details like the fingers or the eyes of the figures in his work.

Suresh K. Nair who has completed a master's diploma from Shantiniketan has displayed his creations on mirror, basically a screen-printing of sorts, of portraits of important figures like Raja Ravi Varma and K. C. S Panicker. Others include Savithri Rajeevan, Manoj Narayan, Wilfred K. P., Unni Amakkau, Jyothilal T.G. and Velur Johnson all of whom have created an amalgamation of varying talents under one roof.

In short, it must be said, that it definitely is unique, that eminent artists, that too, from the same department of a school, have come together to display their works of art. A depiction of varying styles that amalgamate to emphasise the collective talent of a department that works together.

TANYA ABRAHAM

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