LITERARY VILLAGE: Visuals inspired by O.V. Vijayan's works.
OV Vijayan's immortal locales and characters from his works, like Mymuna in Kazakkinte Ithihasam, will take shelter on the walls of Chitram Art Gallery on April 25. Twenty five places and characters, painted by Viswanathan, in water colours, will be on display till April 30, after which the artist wants to take them to Kazak, where the writer found his biggest inspiration ever.
Viswanathan, nephew of artist C K Ra, showed the sketches to the writer-cartoonist and had long discussions over them, when O V Vijayan was living in Kottayam three years ago. But he could not show him the watercolours, which were completed when Vijayan had already left for Hyderabad.
"I showed him the sketch of Mymuna, who had her back to the viewer. He asked me why I did not show her face and I told him I had not wanted to draw a face imagined in a thousand ways by different readers so as not to disappoint their own picture of the face. And he laughed," said Viswanathan.
Narrating another incident, he said that when the sketch of Koomankavu, the little village was sketched, he merely shook his head and asked him to read the book again. He did so and found the error. He had drawn the sketch of a bus passing by a junction, which had five small shops and a mango tree, as mentioned. But on re-reading the book, he realised that Koomankavu was the last stop and thus, a bus could not have passed that place. So much was the village of his book a part of O V Vijayan's persona that even a slight deviation from picture in his heart troubled him. " But when I drew it again, he liked it. In fact, among the whole set of sketches, he loved this the best," reminisced Viswanathan.
The Mankara railway station, Appukkili, and picturisation of a short story called `Fr Gonsalves Enthu Parayunnu,' which was published in the early 50s form part of the collection. There are four paintings based on a cartoon of Vijayan, Krishna in Kalikamardhanam. Viswanathan has attempted four interpretations.
Three oils, very contemporary, were done after his death, and depict the anguish of the artist over the incidents that ensued after Vijayan's demise. These are 5x3 ft.
The exhibition will be on till April 30.
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