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PURPOSEFUL: Visitors at the art exhibition in the city on Saturday.
PURPOSEFUL: Visitors at the art exhibition in the city on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

The oldest of over 40 water colour paintings dated back to 1986

MADURAI: Seventy-three-year-old Lily Amirtham was an elated woman on Saturday when an exhibition of her brush strokes helped collect donations for Mazhalai Illam, an orphanage attached to the Grace Kennett Hospital here.

The paintings displayed at a conference hall on the hospital premises left many amazed at the works of the amateur painter. “They are as good as the good Lord’s creations,” a comment in the visitors’ book read.

A former history lecturer with the history department of Lady Doak College here, Ms. Amirtham resigned her job in 1980 to accompany her husband to Geneva after he took up an assignment with an international organisation.

“We stayed in Switzerland for 10 long years and I wanted to capture those moments through paintings. I began painting only after crossing 50 years of age and I would suggest that many others could follow suit,” she said.

The oldest of over 40 water colour paintings exhibited on Saturday dated back to 1986. Titled ‘winter moon,’ it was the depiction of the landscape in Switzerland during the chilly weather. It was among the handful landscapes on display.

“I love flowers and most of my works revolve around them,” Ms. Amirtham says pointing to the paintings of lilies, roses, cosmos, tulips and peonies.

She had also painted a lotus pond from her native Parassala near Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala.

“I had no idea of exhibiting my works. But when the hospital friends insisted and came up with the idea of assisting the orphanage, I agreed,” says Ms. Amirtham. Her husband Samuel Amirtham is the president of Grace Kennet Hospital.

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