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Enlightening society

An artist with a message for parents and teachers

Photo:S. Mahinsha

Sananda Raj's paintings throw light on the need for life education for teenagers

Sananda Raj's exhibition of paintings at Vylloppilly Samskriti Bhavan attracted more of curious visitors than art critics and intellectuals who mull over subtle strokes of colour and outlines. This must have made the artist happy as Sananda Raj believes that "an artist cannot exist without a deep social commitment and a message for people."

Critical moments

His 31 paintings, which are put at the exhibition, represent critical moments in an individual's life cycle, logically woven into a thematic thread. The solo exhibition called `Light' is an attempt to throw light on the need for life education for teenagers.

The works in the series are thematic illustrations that include oil paintings, collages and photo prints. "The message is more important that the medium," feels Sananda Raj. His works are more vocal when they stress the need of life education among teenagers. "From my experience as a teacher, I know the problems that teenagers face.

Parents are reluctant to talk many things with them and this lack of communication is very dangerous as far as young people are concerned," he adds.

Sensitive portrayal

Many problems that society may consider taboo are skilfully portrayed. Misuse of mobile phones, homosexuality, need for a healthy interaction and so on have been sensitively depicted in his works.

"It is more rewarding to an artist like me when I see many parents who come to the exhibition discussing the theme of my paintings."

Footnotes were provided to explain the significance of each painting.

Sananda Raj had been working on this project for the last four years by reading books and periodicals that deal with teenage issues. His long stint as art director and script director has helped Sananda Raj to communicate with people through images.

He avers: "There are paintings that cater to the tastes of elite art lovers and there are those that are aesthetically pleasing but do not have any message. Every artistic work should have a message."

MANU REMAKANT

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