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With glass as canvas, she paints devotion

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Art meets piety: Usha Devi with her paintings.
Art meets piety: Usha Devi with her paintings.

P. Usha Devi’s works of art transcend the genre of glass paintings, to create multifarious images. They are mainly devotional and appeal to the intellect of the viewer. Her works, showcased in the exhibition titled ‘Spashta ’08’ at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery here, are in fact temple murals on glass. The artist thus adds a new dimension to glass paintings.

“I use high quality glass paints to create the desired impact. The paintings are etched after careful examination of the mythological conception, and the colours used in the original mural work,” says Usha Devi, for whom painting is a means of relaxation. Whether it is a painstaking depiction of ‘Vrindavan’ created in resplendent fluorescent shades of blue, white, ochre and pinks, ‘Gitopadesham’, ‘Buddha,’ ‘Christ,’ ‘Shoal of fish’ or just a spray of flowers, the impact is spectacular.

Her creation of Vrindavan found in the Pundarikapuram Temple in Kottayam district is without doubt the masterpiece at the show.

“I read ‘Keralathile Chumar Chitrangal’ to ensure that the mural work is without flaw in depictions of Krishna, Radha, Gopikas…”

Usha Devi, who is the Principal of Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda, exhibits creativity, skill and a rare ingenuity in her paintings. The support provided by her husband and son has been a great encouragement too to the artist who has no formal training in art.

The show, is organised under the aegis of the Staff Council of the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda, will be on till January 5.

An exhibition of her works will be held at GVHSS Meenchanda from January 7 to 9 as part of the Vocational Higher Secondary Regional Kalotsavam. Art connoisseurs in the city are familiar with the ceramic and terracotta works of Usha Devi who has been mounting exhibitions for the last three years.

Maleeha Raghaviah

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