Glimpses Of Kerala


Kerala,India - my home state, its raw beauty has mesmerized me right from the days when I walked with my grandmother on the paddy fields and unpaved roads. Attending the local festivals or just being on a heap of hay, has immensely influenced my work. It is usually the lesser noticed aspects of the Kerala life that I highlight through this series. These oil paintings on canvas are my attempt to capture the fast evading beauty of Kerala, of my childhood days.

Nostalgia (95x75cms/37.5"x29.5")
Kerala thatched houses constructed using wood and tiles with a central open courtyard, corridors, massive pillars and dormer window is typical of its architectural style. The more elaborate and sophisticated ones forms the Nalukettu and Ettukettu. Inside these tharavads (ancestral home) are displayed a wealth of antiques.

The Vanishing Steps (61x44cms/61"x17.3")
The private bathing area of each tharavad (ancestral home).

The ruin (50x64cms/19.7"x25.2”)
One of the many abandoned worship place..

The Kochi catch (72x52 cms/28.3"x20.5")
Chinese fishing net mostly found in Kerala may have been introduced by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. Their size and elegant construction is very photogenic and the slow rhythm of their operation is quite hypnotic.

The proud literates.