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Painting dreams, in bright hues

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Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University Vice Chancellor K. Jayakumar with his paintings at the Laltihakala Akademi art gallery in Kozhikode on Sunday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup
Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University Vice Chancellor K. Jayakumar with his paintings at the Laltihakala Akademi art gallery in Kozhikode on Sunday.— Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Dream-like. The word is enough to describe the paintings of K. Jayakumar, bureaucrat-turned academician who is also a poet and artist.

Yanam, the latest collection of Mr. Jayakumar’s paintings on show at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi art gallery here, seems like pictorial representations of one’s dreams — colourful and abstract.

Out of the 50-odd paintings displayed, around 20 are inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali . The paintings are supported by lines from Gitanjali that inspired them — 14 of them in Malayalam while 10 are in English. There are also a host of paintings that analyse the complexities of the mind in bright hues.

Among them, ‘Fire Sermons,’ ‘Dhyanam,’ ‘Snake Tree,’ ‘Moonscape,’ and The Escape’ are notable.

Cartoonist Yesudasan inaugurated the exhibition on Sunday and it will be on till Friday.

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