T. Kaladharan is on an active mode. His studio, the Orthic Creative Centre, is bubbling with action. He is currently completing a work, which began on June 6. It was originally meant to be six glass paintings, which are Kaladharan's forte, but he had to change the plans following dampness leading to delay in the paint drying up. So, he worked out a theatrical installation using six figures to mark the date 06-06-06. "A search on the Internet showed that 666 is associated with the devil and hence, I thought of working on this installation. But in retrospection, I feel that the number 6 suits me. The studio was inaugurated in January and it took me six months to get in really active."
The mezzanine floor of his studio, on the top floor of his house, is now crammed with figures featuring devil masks. From the ceiling too, masks stare at the visitor. "I first started out to make six paintings on Lord Subramania, who is known as Shanmughan the six-faced."
When the idea changed from paintings to theatrical installation, the remains of productions at Kalapeetom, of which the Orthic Creative Centre is a continuation, came handy for Kaladharan. "In a way, I wanted the children who came in for camps here to know that there are other options for creative expression," he said.
Though the installation was meant to be a temporary one, just for the day, Kaladharan is now planning to give it more temporal life. In the sense, a video of 66 seconds or a documentation lasting 6 minutes will be made on it. This will be screened at the studio.