A documentary on life of T.K. Padmini, a gifted artist who died 40 years ago, will be screened in the city next week.

Born in Ponnani, Padmini created a different aesthetics by being a strong feminine presence in the art history of Kerala. She married renowned painted K. Damodaran and was creative in the sixties. Her works won many awards including the Madras State Lalitkala Akademi certificate in 1963, Madras State Lalitkala Akademi Award in 1967 and A.Y.P.S. Award in 1965. She died in 1969 due to complications in childbirth.

The film titled Pattam Parathunna Penkutty (The girl who flies the kite) will be screened at the theatre inside the Children's Park here on March 26. Senior artist and former chairman of Kerala Lalithkala Akademi C.N. Karunakaran will inaugurate the screening. Writer K.L. Mohana Varma will preside. District Information Officer Chandrahasan Vaduthala and president of Heartlight Association K.K. Prakash will speak. Heartlight Association is organising the screening.

The film analyses the talent of the artist through memories of T.K. Divakara Menon, her uncle; K.L. Devassy, who taught her art at school; Artist Namboodiri, who introduced her to contemporary art; and her husband Damodaran.

Some of her paintings are displayed at the Durbar Hall Gallery of Kerala Lalithakala Akademi here and some kept in the archives of the Akademi in Thrissur. Her works are on display also in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Madras, Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, besides being in private collections in India and abroad.

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