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Watch Ramayan through mural paintings

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KOTTAYAM: Ramayan has been interpreted in many ways through different platforms over the years. Noted artist Prince Thonnakkal and his 17 disciples have depicted the epic in a unique manner – through mural paintings.

The exhibition of the ‘Mural Ramayan' paintings at the Sree Krishnaswami Temple in Thirunakkara has been drawing a number of people, apart from ardent art-lovers.

Thirty-five various critical milestones of the legend like ‘Ma Nishada', ‘Puthrakameshti', ‘Ahalya Moksham', ‘Seethayude Balyam', ‘Pothujana Ethirpu', ‘Bali Vadham', ‘Hanuman Langayileku', ‘Ashoka Vanam', ‘Lankadahanam', ‘Mruthasanjeevani', ‘Agnipravesham' and ‘Pathabhishekham' have been painted with considerable skill and effort.

Besides the teacher himself, the others behind the commendable effort include Devika Kumar, Kamaladevi M., Kasthuri Teggi, Leena Raju, Malathy Lakshman, Meena Kumari, Mini Mohan, Mydhili Ganesh, Ramani Arunachalam, Sangeetha Prince, Santha Gopinathan, Sheela Sreekumar, Suma Sankhar, Usha Rajan, Vasantha Nair and Viji Murugan. Practicing various art forms has always been a passion for these talented few.

The idea to prepare the painting series in mural art was conceived almost an year ago. According to Suma Shankar and Kasthuri Teggi, each of the paintings took about four months to prepare.

The use of acrylic paint has been employed over natural colours for the paintings. Diverting from the usual fashion of mural paintings on walls, the Ramayan paintings have been created on canvas.

The exhibition, which will last for four days, follows similar shows in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kozhikode.

The works will be sold to art-lovers after completing exhibitions planned in other places.

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