Re­vival of art forms that are lit­er­ally on the verge of ex­tinc­tion

Four dif­fer­ent artists dis­play four dif­fer­ent medi­ums of art forms that are al­most on the verge of ex­tinc­tion and slowly get­ting lost in the sands of time

The Ideal Home and Garden - - Contents - IM­PRES­SIONS: BENOY SE­BAS­TIAN

V. NA­GARA­JAN (Tan­jore)

V.Na­gara­jan up­holds the tra­di­tion of Tan­jore paint­ings with great en­thu­si­asm. A res­i­dent of Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu - the small town fu­els his pas­sion. He takes the cue for in­tri­cate de­signs, mo­tifs and hues from the ar­tis­ti­cally de­signed bun­ga­lows here. “World’s first lan­guage is art. Man scrib­bled and ex­changed his ideas and thoughts,” says Na­gara­jan. He can­not be sim­ply dis­missed off as a Tan­jore paint­ing artist. His works are un­der­lined with un­con­ven­tional vi­su­als, but rooted to cul­ture and tra­di­tion in theme and con­text. He breathes paints. He lives with ev­ery paint­ing. “Paint­ing is in my blood, from my great grand­fa­ther’s time,” he says with great pride. Win­ner of the state and the na­tional merit cer­tifi­cate, Na­gara­jan says that he is not ready to de­vi­ate from the tra­di­tion of Tan­jore paint­ings. He reg­u­larly in­tro­duces new sub­jects. He has made Lord Bud­dha, Je­sus Christ and Thirukostiyur tem­ple set­tings. He is also record­ing Ra­mayana con­cepts, tem­ple struc­tures and Chet­ti­nad cul­ture in Tan­jore paint­ings.

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