Friday 15 March 2013

Artists intro ~ Rekha Mohandas

Introducing to you in Dubai is Rekha Mohandas, a Dubai based artist...

Rekha is a graduated in Mass Communication and holds a MBA in HR.

Way back in 2003, having had a comfortable and a good job  in Bengalooru, I had never ever dreamt of giving it up, but since my husband moved to Kuwait on a new job, I was left with no choice. And hence I had this tremendous guilt of having quit such a great job but could not take up a new job since I had a baby. Thats when I thought that maybe my hobby can come to my rescue and I learnt Tanjore painting and Kerala Mural painting from Bangalore. Since 2005, I have been teaching ladies and taking up orders for both Tanjore and Mural paintings. Its been 8 years now and I am thoroughly enjoying decorating people's homes!! Each painting takes about a month to complete. I have had exhibitions at various places in Dubai and back home in India, the latest being at Trivandrum on the 29th and 30th of March 2013. I also dabble around with oil on canvas.
I am now looking out for a full time career since my children have also grown up but I will still devote time and effort to this hobby which gave me so much confidence and appreciation all these years!!

Tanjore painting(mother and son Krishna)
 a little about Tanjore paintings..

Tanjore painting  is a major form of classical South Indian painting from the town of Thanjavur (anglicized as Tanjore) in Tamil Nadu, India. The art form dates back to about 1600 AD, a period when the Nayakas of Thanjavur encouraged art—chiefly, classical dance and music—as well as literature, both in Telugu and Tamil. Tanjore paintings are known for their surface richness, vivid colors, compact composition and especially the glittering gold foils used to give the paintings their rich look . Essentially serving as devotional icons, the subjects of most paintings are Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints. Tanjore paintings are panel paintings done on solid wood planks,  In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs of festive occasions in South India, pieces to decorate walls, and collectors' items for art lovers.

Oil painting (Kathakali)

Mural painting (Krishna, Radha and few ladies around)
some information about Mural paintings...

Kerala mural paintings are the frescos depicting mythology and legends, which are drawn on the walls of temples and churches in South India, principally in Kerala. Ancient temples, churches and palaces in Kerala, South India, display an abounding tradition of mural paintings mostly dating back between the 9th to 12th centuries CE when this form of art enjoyed Royal patronage.

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