Senior citizens of the city also participate
Paintings will be on display at Shilparamam next weekSenior citizens try their hand at painting with enthusiasm
HYDERABAD: Who says there is an age for realising one's potential? Or for that matter to discover a new talent? Senior students of Siri Drawing and Painting Institute have proved it otherwise. These days they are busy attending an oil painting workshop at Shilparamam .
"I took my brush after 42 years after retiring from a Government job. I was fond of painting since my childhood, but with time and work pressure it took a back seat. I visited some exhibitions to renew my interest and decided to take some technical training in the due course," says 67-years old Krishna Murthy. He has been a student in the institute for the last two years.
Another senior citizen and the oldest student of the institute, 69-year old G. Usha Devi has a liking for statues. "Art is the best medium to enjoy and forget everything," says Ms. Devi who has been in the institute for the last three years.
Started by Swamy and his wife Siva Kumari, Siri has been in existence for the last 13 years. Divided into basic, junior and senior category, the institute boasts of students ranging from doctors, engineers, advocates, housewives to college students.
"The paintings made by our students will be displayed in an exhibition at Shilparamam Art Gallery between December 8 and 10. Twenty per cent of the money collected from the sale of paintings will be donated to differently-abled persons," said Mr. Swamy.
Apart from oil painting, the institute imparts training in fabric painting, glass painting, water colour painting, etc. "Our full-course spans over a period of one year but there are students who remain associated with us more than that," he adds.
Twenty-five students who participated in the workshop will complete their paintings in the next couple of days.