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Melange of ideas

Five young artists and Special Olympics came together to generate funds for a special cause in the city...

IT IS a commendable effort indeed. Five final year students of the College of Fine Arts, Chennai and Special Olympics Tamil Nadu, Chennai, recently organised an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by budding artists at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Part of the sale proceeds will go towards the Special Olympics, which helps differently-abled children. During the week-long show, there were also painting competitions for the special children.

The exhibition of paintings, sculptures and photographs `Elementary Thoughts' reflected the innermost feelings of the five artists.

In his paintings, T. Balasubramanain chose realistic depictions of architecture, still life and people. Though painting is his main interest, he is also into in photography and doorways seem to fascinate him. One can see a child standing at the door, a man looking in through a half-open doorway, an archway etc. Riverscapes also find place in his photographs.

For Sathyanarayanan, photography is the stepping stone to turn a cinematographer. He looks at scenes from unusual angles. It might be just a few pairs of dhoti-clad legs standing in a row, in which the use of light plays an important role. The soles of pilgrims lying on a river bank at Varanasi is another interesting shot; several sights on the riverside in North India, city traffic in Kolkata and old buildings have been captured artistically.

Deepika, with a for dance has chosen the art form as the subject for the show. Bharatanatyam, Manipuri and Kathakali have been depicted on a black surface with fine lines. The faces and limbs have not clearly etched out for an abstract look. The costumes and jewellery are delineated with silver and gold powder colours mixed with the specific medium.

Two artists, whose works have psychological implications are Shunmugasundaram and Yuavaraj. In fact, Shunmugasundaram is as comfortable with mundane portraits as with surrealistic figurative paintings. He wants to be free like a butterfly and this idea had figured in his award winning work, a self portait with a huge butterfly, whose wings appeared to be a lateral extension of his head. The still life in watercolour too is impressive. Yuvaraj's sculptures reveals his dreams, and has expressed abstract ideas in a figurative idiom. One of his metal sculptures with realistically moulded heads arranged one above the other depicts his various moods.


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