Power portrait

The Chief Minister, A.K. Antony, had the honour of being the

8,000th celebrity to whom the indefatigable artist, N. Radhakrishnan, presented a personal portrait the other day.

This is, in fact, the second portrait of Mr. Antony that Radhakrishnan has completed. In January last, he had done a painting of the Chief Minister wearing a rather stern expression. Not satisfied with his own work, Radhakrishnan went on to paint a second portrait in which Mr. Antony wore his characteristic grin.

The new painting was handed over to Mr. Antony in his office by the artist, who got a well-earned pat in the back from the flattered recipient as well as the officials present there.

K. Karunakaran, E. K. Nayanar, Vayalar Ravi and Kamala Suraiyya have all been the beneficiaries of this 50-year-old self-taught man's artistic munificence.

A native of Sasthamcottah in Kollam and a self-taught artist, Radhakrishnan says he is planning to stage an exhibition of his portraits in the Vailoppilly Samskrithi Bhavan soon.

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