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Traditionally new



Sreejith.

A PAIR of `dwarapalakas' greets the visitors to `Sadrusyam,' the exhibition of paintings by P.C. Sreejith that opened at the Durbar Hall Art Gallery on Tuesday.

Inside the gallery and amidst the paintings one gets the feeling that the artist has made an earnest attempt to bring alive the centuries-old, traditional mural paintings. It is an attempt to transfer the colourful paintings from the temple walls to the living room.

Though traditionally rendered in `panchavarna' or the five natural colours, red, yellow, green, white and black, Sreejith's paintings are in water colour, and narrate scenes not only from the epics but also from day to day lives. He moves away from works like `Krishna Rasaleela' and `Kaliyamardhanam,' perfect, distinctive examples of the mural style of painting to modern, stylised works like `Solitude,' `Time' and `Girl with Butterflies,' among others. They follow similar anatomy styles and colour schemes as in the traditional mural paintings.

Footprints

One work that grabs attention with its combination of contemporary and traditional elements is `Ganapathy.' The repeated appearance of footprints in the some of the modern paintings portray the artist as an onlooker, his observations and imagination assuming the form of lines, colour and perspective in a pleasurable rhythm.



One of his works.

Sreejith, who graduated from the Institute of Mural Painting, Guruvayur, in 2000 has undergone training in conservation and restoration of mural painting conducted by INTACH, Lucknow and the Department of Archaeology, MCRT Centre, Thrissur. He has participated in many camps, solo and group exhibitions, apart from conservation of paintings in temples in and outside the State.

The exhibition is on till February 14.

KANCHAN RATHNA

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