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Genius emerges from a few masterstrokes

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Artist Raghava's artworks will also help the Cancer Awareness Trust



AWESTRUCK: Actors Gowthami and Kamal Haasan listen to artist Raghava K.K. explain a painting at his show in Chennai on Saturday. — Photo: M. Vedhan

CHENNAI: The white canvas was smeared with yellow and then orange. Soon a form took shape to the music of chanda drummers from Kerala even as the painter added green.

And lo! A face stared at you with as much passion as the painter who drew it and the drummers who rendered the music. In less than five minutes it was all over.

No wonder the wonder boy Raghava K.K. sells his artwork to the highest bidder and invites his guests to gorge on drinks so that they would loosen their purse strings.

Distinguished guests

Raghava's distinguished guests for the Saturday evening show titled, `Utsaha,' at Hotel Taj Coromandel included India's best known woman industrialist Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, The Hindu's Editor-in-Chief N. Ram and actors Kamal Haasan and Gowthami, who all had only one thing to talk about — the passion the artist puts into his work.

Kiran M Shaw praised Raghava for thinking out of the box. Mr. Ram recalled the association The Hindu had with the artist.

Actor Kamal Haasan praised the young man's ability to express emotions and feeling in layers even to a layman like him.

"I get the feeling that people like him perform for laymen like me," he said.

Gowthami and Gita Arjun, gynaecologist, praised his talent, while Raghava felt that all his work "is my dream and all of you are a part of it."

Indeed, considering his masterstrokes that create genius in just a few minutes, one must agree that it is truly an enthralling dream and what a privilege to be part of that rare dream!

Raghava's expensively priced artworks will help the cause of the Cancer Awareness Trust.

Opening reception

The opening reception will be held on Sunday at Ashwita Art Objects and Artifacts, Mylapore.

For details, contact Ashvita at 044 - 42109990.

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