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Dentist’s foray into fine arts



Art operation: For Ranjit Divakaran syringes and needles serve as paint brush.

Like all dental surgeons, Ranjit Divakaran uses syringes and needles many times a day. But unlike most of them, he uses those tools not just for surgeries. He draws pictures with them.

This young dentist from Kozhikode, working as consultant maxillofacial surgeon at a hospital in Saudi Arabia at present, has been making paintings with syringes and needles for over a year now. “When I wanted to create a three-dimensional effect for my paintings with texturing, I thought syringes and needles could be a good medium to achieve my purpose,” said Ranjit.

“I found that I could make fine lines with them. I have yet to come across anyone else who paints using the same method.”

He had conducted an exhibition of paintings done exclusively with syringes and needles in Saudi Arabia last year. “The response was extremely encouraging,” he said. “I had made about 40 paintings using syringes and needles. I believe I could make a difference to my paintings thus.”

Ranjit, who has done a diploma in fine arts from Penn Foster Institute, Pennsylvania, said he had been trying to find more time to paint of late. “Though I used to paint from my school days, I never could devote as much time to painting as I would have liked to because of my profession as a dentist,” he said.

Ranjit is conducting an exhibition of his paintings in his hometown from Friday. It would be held at Sterling Gallery, Kozhikode, and concludes on January 31.

P. K. Ajith Kumar

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