Harsha K.V., A Class VII student of Nazareth Senior Secondary School, Manjeri, has surprised art lovers in the district with her unique style. An exhibition of 21 paintings Harsha holds at Lalitha Kala Akademi Art Gallery, Kottakkunnu, has become an instant hit with scores of art lovers and friends pouring in. The exhibition will continue till Saturday.

“It is amazing that the girl has developed such a unique style of presentation and treatment of the subject at a very young age,” said one of the visitors who did not want to be named. Harsha has been ecstatic about her maiden show. Posing for shutterbugs with her mother and teachers, Harsha picked out two paintings — Drishti and Krishna Priya — as her most favourite. Drishti, a close-up face of a Kathakali artiste, has been done in 3-D. The eyes of the Kathakali artiste fall on the viewer wherever they move in the hall. She said she was inspired by the Raja Ravi Varma paintings to make the 3-D painting. Most of her paintings, acrylic on canvas, are in abstract form. “I like abstract, because that is where I belong. Abstract suits me in fact,” she said.

Daughter of K.V. Sabu, a lawyer, Harsha has apparently inherited artistic skills from her father. Her mother, a school teacher, too can draw well, she said. The girl has not had been trained formally. “My parents want me to attend art classes. So far, I could not. I want to give some more seriousness to this hobby,” she said. Harsha has a special liking for bright colours. “You can paint happiness and cheer through bright colours,” she said.

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