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Music and dance on the canvas

Two men go into a trance when they talk about their paintings. Apart from the fact that both are from Chennai and their strokes are bold, the only other thing that unites artists A.V. Ilango and Thota Tharrani is their passion for other art forms. One is inspired by Indian classical dance, the other by western music.

art and culture Updated: Jan 08, 2010 21:44 IST
Ruchira Hoon

Two men go into a trance when they talk about their paintings. Apart from the fact that both are from Chennai and their strokes are bold, the only other thing that unites artists A.V. Ilango and Thota Tharrani is their passion for other art forms. One is inspired by Indian classical dance, the other by western music.

The 35-odd paintings that are on display at the Travancore Art Gallery are a treat for the eyes. Ilango’s series based on Odissi dance form is full of vibrant colours and distinctly rugged lines.

“I have always handled the theme of movement in my paintings. Moving figures allow me to show visual energy shifts”, says Ilango, who used to be a professor of mathematics till eight years ago. “This series uses a lot of rich south Indian colours bordering on folk art.”

For Thota Tharrani, this is his first two-man show ever. He calls himself an experimental painter and the abstracts he paints reflects the music he listens to.

“Vivaldi, Brahms and Beethoven are my inspirations,” says this artist, who has won national awards on film set direction. This series, titled Four Seasons, is a reflection of the music and mood. “It’s like I can see the sounds of the saxophone, church organ music and Gregorian chants and that’s what these paintings represent.”

Some of these paintings are up for sale between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh.