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In memory of Malayatoor


IT IS an array of different styles of painting - acrylic ones, those on glass surface and etchings on tin sheet - all these with the splash of colours offers a rich tribute to Malayatoor Ramakrishnan, painter, cartoonist and writer, at the painting and sculpture show, `Verukal' organised by the Malayatoor Ramakrishnan Charitable Trust at the Museum auditorium.

The `Flower of Faces' by C.N. Karunakaran draws the attention of most visitors to the show -- the expressions of a person during various occasions depicted in the form of several faces that are portrayed as the petals of a flower.

`The planning in life', `Rickshaw puller' and certain other paintings by Dr. Ramankutty and some by Joy Komalam Kumar, Nalini Vijayaraj have also been exhibited.

The increasing rate of abortions in the country also finds place in the exhibition through the painting `Aborted embryo' by C. S. Suma.

The painting, which shows a large number of embryo shaped mushrooms in front of a lady whose eyes are covered with a black cloth, is a pointer to the increasing rate of foeticide.


A model of Thanjavur painting and the `Siva Parvathy kudumbam' featuring Siva, Parvathy, Shanmugha and Ganesa along with Nandi and other disciples of Siva painted in glass by Yagneswaran has also been exhibited in the show.

An etching of a banyan tree in tin sheet as well as the painting of `Kshipra Ganapathi' too seem to attract the viewers.

Memories about Malayatoor Ramakrishnan are refreshed in the minds of the viewers as they reach the `Malayatoor corner' in the auditorium where books written by him, including `Verukal', `Dwandvayuddham', `Nettur madhom', `Service story', `Ponni', `Yanthram', `Brigadier kathakal' and `Yakshi' are ehhibited.

Three paintings by Malayatoor, the statue designed by Kanayi Kunhiraman to be presented to the winner of the Malayatoor Painting and Sculpture award and the model of the Malayatoor award have also been exhibited.

Only three sculptures by Aryanad Rajendran have been displayed in the show. `A man in meditative mood' made in wood, an old man performing yoga and an old man have been exhibited in the fair.

The organisers say they get a rather poor response in the sculpture category.

The painting and sculpture exhibition that was inaugurated on Friday would be on from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. upto January 29.

By Hari Sundar G.

Photos: S. Mahinsha

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