Special Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: Illustrations are an embellishment for novels and short stories that are serialised in magazines. And often illustrators come to acquire an image that is almost as glamourous as that of the author for whose work they provide illustrations. Artists Namboodiri and the late Athippetta Sivaraman Nair (popular as AS) have enhanced in no small measure the readability and popularity of novels, poems and short stories.

J.R. Prasad, who has also made a mark as an illustrator, has gone a step further .He produces paintings based on novels. And his latest attempt in this field is an exhibition of paintings based on "Jeevitham Oru Pusthakam," the lastest novel by K.P. Ramanunni.

The paintings were published in Mathrubhumi weekly magazine in which the novel was serialised.

The exhibition of 130 paintings done in acrylic and pastel on paperboard was inaugurated by sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman on Thursday at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery. Organised by Navatharagam, the cultural forum of bank employees, the show will be on till Saturday.

Prasad is no novice to the art of presenting a novel through a series of paintings. His paintings were published along with Sara Joseph's "Othap," and Sethu's "Adayalangal" when these were serialised in Mathrubhumi.

Says Prasad: "My attempt is to recreate the novel through a series of paintings. I decide the looks of the character. I am happy that so far the response from the authors has been positive."