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Art exhibition attracts crowds

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KOZHIKODE, MARCH 17. Stunning metal reliefs on copper plates depicting the Ramayana and the Independence struggle being exhibited at the Town hall have left the audience talking about them even after they leave the exhibition.

The exhibition by the artist, Namboothiri, depicts scenes from the Ramayana including "Balivadham'', "Lankadhahanam'', "Sreerama pattabhishekham'', tethering of the yajna horse of Ram by his sons, Lav and Kush, Valmiki bringing Lav and Kush to Ram's yajna venue and Valmiki carrying a golden idol of Sita to the venue of Ram's yajna. Scenes from Independence struggle and the mythological tale, "Parayi petta panthiru kulam'' are also exhibited.

Inaugurating the exhibition, the painter, Adhimoolam, from Cholamandalam, Chennai, observed that the works of Mr.Namboothiri were "meticulous, pulsating and energetic''. Terming Mr.Namboothiri as a household name in Kerala, Mr.Adhimoolam said that the former left a stamp on all his works. "It is going to stand for centuries,'' he observed.

The Mayor, Thottathil Raveendran, presided. The executive editor of Malayala Manorama, Jacob Mathew, C.K.Ramachandran and Mathews Varghese spoke.

The Jnanpeeth laureate, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, delivered the key-note address at the cultural programme organised in connection with the exhibition in the evening. In his address, M.T called for more interaction between painters, sculptors and writers. He said Mr.Namboothiri, through his art displayed at the exhibition, immortalised momentous instances in the Ramayana and the freedom struggle. Namboothiri's works have an epic dimension, he added.

The exhibition, being organised by the Malayala Manorama, will be on till March 20.

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