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Information regarding exhibitions or newpapers articles on A. Ramachandran

Interview with Manisha Gera Baswani published in Gallerie Magazine


 A. Ramachandran [b. 1935], is one of India’s most reputed artists known primarily for his mythological narratives and his conversations with nature that distinctly have his personal aesthetics. Clearly, his early engagement with murals in the Kerala temples, their decorative quality, became his vocabulary for years to come. He has shown extensively in India and abroadand has received the Padma Bhushan by the Govern- ment of India in 2005 and the Raja Ravi Verma Puraskar by the Government of Kerala in 2003. Ramachan-dran is also an author and has several books to his credit. Here, his former student, artist Manisha Gera Baswani, is in conversation with him.


Manisha Gera Baswani: Tell me about your childhood in Kerala. Born in Attingal, a small princi- pality, you grew up with an intimacy to nature, urban kids like us had only read about and visualised in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Roald Dahl.

A. Ramachandran: As a kid, I would skip across paddy fields; find my way to local temples, soak in my surroundings, partake in the daily rituals of a culturally rich town and at the same time, fantasise a personal can- vas. This was to leave a mark on my fertile, young mind.

My early exposure to art was through my grand aunt. Unmarried, and a teacher, she painted like the reknowned artist, Raja Ravi Varma. People found her crazy but I was very fond of her. She also fed me amazing food every time I visited her.

In 1950, when I was 15, we left our hometown and moved to Trivandrum. I remember making regular visits to the Sri Chitra Art Gallery. The peon there hat- ed me as he had to get up and switch on the lights when I visited the museum.

Kerala Retrospective Exhibition August 2013


'Artists on Art' - A Ramachandran speaks on Thursday, 5 November 2009

Professor A Ramachandran

will speak about his art


Professor R Siva Kumar

will be in dialogue with the artist

at 6 pm on Thursday, 5 November 2009

at Kaustubh Auditorium, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi - 110001

RSVP: 011-23009200

"Bahurupi" (Myriad Forms) exhibition extended till Monday, 9 November 2009

An exhibition of recent works by A. Ramachandran opens on Sunday, 25 October 2009 at 5 pm at:

Lalit Kala Academi,
Rabindra Bhavan,Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi – 110001.Telephone: 91-11-23009200

The exhibition has been extended till Monday, 9 November 2009. This exhibition has been conceptualized by Rupika Chawla and Ranesh Ray. It is presented by Vadehra Art Gallery.

'Light of the Earth of India', June 2009

This exhibition consists of original illustrations from picture books conceived and illustrated by Ramachandran.

It also showcases his collection of folk paintings, like Madhubani paintings, woodblock print illustrations of Ramayana epic, Yantra diagrams and shadow puppets, which have provided some of the influences for picture books created by Ramachandran.

See original illustrations of books including ‘Ten Wood Cutters’, ‘Hanuman’, ‘The Song of Circles’, and ‘Land of Romol’.

The artist will give a lecture on folk paintings and his picture books in early June.

The exhibition continues till 28 June 2009 at the Kijo Picture Book Village at Miyazaki prefecture in Japan.

Kijo Picture Book Village (Kijo Ehon No Sato)
475 Ishigouchi, Kijo-machi, Koyugun, Miyazaki-ken, Japan
Phone: (81) 983-39-1141
Mrs. Kazuyo Mori, Secretary General, Kijo Picture Book Village

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