Giving Life to Uroob’s Characters

Published: 19th August 2014 06:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th August 2014 06:29 AM   |  A+A-

KOZHIKODE: Some are particular scenes from novels or short stories, and some, the portrayal of an entire story.

The paintings on Uroob’s works, done by professional artists as well as art students in the city, which have been exhibited at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery as part of the Uroob birth anniversary celebrations, reflect the artists’ perceptions of his literary works.

“It’s the pitiable condition of Kannamma that came to my mind at the first thought of a painting based on ‘Veedu,’ a short story by Uroob,” says Jain, a second-year Fine Arts student at Universal Arts, who portrayed Kannamma, the main character of the story representing those evicted from their homes.

Paintings based on the major short stories of the writer and the prominent novels, ‘Ummachu’ and ‘Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum’ have been included in the exhibition.

Works on ‘Rachiyamma,’ ‘Veppatti,’ ‘Mulaku Valli,’ ‘Pattam,’ ‘Oru Mavum Koodi,’ ‘Onam Kazhinju,’ ‘Valayil Kudungiya Mukkuvan’ etc in charcoal, acrylic, water colour, poster colours and soft pastel colours have been put up for display at the Art Gallery.

One of the works of Roy Kamatra, a professional artist, on the short story ‘Businessman’ is a collage.

A painting on the short story ‘Kumaran Nairude Aana’ by Irfanul Rahman, a second-year Fine Arts student of Universal Arts uses the major incidents in the story in his painting to give a clear picture of it. A person who has read the story can easily connect the painting with it through the elephant, the woman in the neighbourhood, the funeral pyre and the train.

“The various elements in the paintings are linked with the incidents in the story, such as the funeral pyre with Kumaran Nair’s daughter’s death and the train with his journey from his hometown to some other place,” says Irfanul Rahman.

He also says that the second-year Fine Arts students are planning to organise another exhibition of their works with the inspiration from the painting exhibition on Uroob’s works.

“This is our first exhibition. We were given certain works of Uroob just a week before the exhibition and after reading the stories, we completed the paintings,” he says.

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