From charcoal to acrylic, Santa’s date with tints – The New Indian Express

Express press service

KOZHIKODE: Inside a dark, tight shed where light does not penetrate, little Santha painted the realities of life in vivid colors on her canvas. Growing up in an old tent, Kallayi resident C Santha made a living from small-scale poultry farming and selling chicken eggs. But she did not let go of her brush. With five painting exhibitions of her own, the 65-year-old is now an established artist and gearing up for more.

“We were a family of five children and parents. Realizing my passion for painting, my father encouraged me to continue although he could not help me financially. At first, I painted with charcoal and chalk. Walls, benches and floors were my canvases. I started using crayons when I hit grade 5,” Santa said.

At 45, she decided to study painting at the SK Pottekkat Cultural Center in Puthiyara. “Many suggested proper art training as I had no knowledge of painting materials. I studied at the center for two years and during that time was a regular visitor to the Kozhikode Art Gallery. C t was how I came up with the idea of ​​having an exhibition of my own paintings,” Santha said. She uses darker hues. Many of her paintings, including portraits, are a manifestation of the beauty of nature that has been destroyed by man.

Today, Santha has secured a new home with the help of Indian Institute of Architecture Kozhikode Chapter and Good Earth organization, where she lives here with her 68-year-old sister Padmavathi.
“Many have asked me if I would like to teach children to paint, but in my opinion, drawing can never be taught. Our ideas and imagination should not be confined to rules,” Santha explained.
The first exhibition of Santa’s paintings took place on December 23, 2007 at the Kozhikode Art Gallery. His latest exhibition was held at Port Museum, Alappuzha, last year in connection with ‘Lokame Tharavadu’.

James C. Tibbs