Epics told in stunning hues
Intricately nuanced art pieces Pic. by N. Balaji.
REJUVENATING ANCIENT Arts of South India or RAASI Art Foundation, spearheads a vibrant art and craft movement which re-organises, nurtures, develops and markets the languishing crafts of South India.
The aim is all too evident at the lovely Raasi exhibition of Thanjavur and Mysore oil on canvas reproductions of Ravi Verma paintings, stunning Kalamkari wall panels, woodcuts and papier-mache objets d'art.
Raasi's Thanjavur paintings are among the best in the city. Bright reds, greens and blues, a sprinkling of gems and beautiful mythological themes meet to form exquisite paintings, gilded in gold.
In softer and more delicate colours, the Mysore paintings too enthrall with their exquisite detailing. Both Thanjavur and Mysore paintings are available in a variety of sizes. The specially executed Kalamkari panels present a stunning sight at the exhibition. Stories from the epics are told in kalam and vegetable colours in a series of wall hangings. Again the craftsmanship is superb and the sparing but dramatic use of bright reds and blues invests the panel with a special dramatic touch. Unusual, beautifully delineated woodcuts of kaavadis, yaalis, Ganeshas and table bases are the other eye-catching offerings at Raasi's exhibition. Also there are tiny-framed Ganjifa art paintings, `classical' Indian figures, as well as large sized reproductions of Ravi Verma's more famous works. And there are fine filtered clay figurines, sand painted canvases and well-finished and colourful papier-mache artefacts. The Raasi exhibition is well worth a visit. It concludes on April 28. The venue: No.1 Anna Avenue, Bhaktavatsalam Nagar, Adyar, Chennai-20.
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