Viewing the present through the prism of art

Published: 25th July 2016 06:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th July 2016 06:13 AM   |  A+A-


KOCHI: Art lovers in the city were entreated to a series of around 30 paintings by T Murali reflecting the violence and turmoil in the present world.

“Through these paintings, I have tried to illustrate the violence, intolerance that prevailed in society especially by the Hindu Brahmins upon the lower caste people,” said Murali, who hails from Kannur.

This is a sort of second coming for Murali, whose previous exhibition was held over two decades ago. The artist, who worked in the advertising and news industries, has also published a book named ‘Amana’ a collection of his paintings. This is his fifth exhibition, showcasing his paintings from 2012 onwards.

Paintings titled ‘Channar woman’s sacrifice’ and ‘Manalar’ depicts historical moments such as the subaltern revolt and the resistance in South Travancore including Channar Woman issue, vividly depicting mutilations and genocidal violence.

In a painting titled ‘Glorified Slavery’, Murali tried to show the slavery that existed in the subcontinent for centuries. Through his paintings, he mocks the divide in the society based on the Chaturvarna and caste system.

Through the painting ‘Violence a tradition’, he also satrises the attempts of the Hindu Right to build a temple for Godse.

“I dedicate this exhibition to Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, MM Kalburgi and Adv K V Shine,” he said.


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