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
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.