Sivaji Ganesan showcased

INTERESTING: The Sivaji Ganesan photo exhibition under way in the city.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: G. Moorthy.

Special Correspondent

Expo has a mix of black and white and colour pictures

MADURAI: It is like carrying a lake in a crucible. Still you know the quality of water. The photographs on display at an exclusive exhibition organised at the Youth Hostel here on Sivaji Ganesan are only a peep into the legend’s on-screen and slightly off-screen life.

They capture some of the significant behind-the-scenes moments of a glorious era in Indian cinema.

Organised jointly by Sivaji Prabhu Trust, Idhayakkani Cinema Special and Kamala Theatre, to mark the unveiling of a life-size statue of Sivaji Ganesan here on Sunday, the exhibition features a mix of black and white and colour pictures.

An interesting exhibit is a collection of pencil portraits of Sivaji Ganesan by Sivakumar. We also see him in the company of a line of frontline directors of the past – A. P. Nagarajan, Krishnan, Panju, P. Madhavan, A. C. Trilokachandar.

The underlying theme of the expo is Sivaji’s nationalism and his contribution as a stage and film artiste and a citizen of the nation.

Also on display are photographs of his meetings with former Prime Ministers Lal Bahadur Shastri and V. P. Singh and leaders like Kamaraj, his mentor, and Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

His status as one of the most respected film artistes in the country could be seen from the pictures featuring his contemporaries. A photograph showing a tired Sivaji Ganesan sitting on top of a car, looking away from the camera, during a reception accorded to him by the South Indian Artistes Association on his return from the United States of America in essence conveys his nature.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the District Collector, N. Mathivanan, in the presence of K. Nandabalan, Police Commissioner; G. Ramkumar, Sivaji Ganesan’s son, and VN. Chidambaram of Kamala Theatre. It will remain open till Sunday.