Achuthan Ramachandran, popularly known as A. Ramachandran, began painting as a child. Now, 80 years old, he still draws every day. “Drawing is an integral part of my daily ritual,” he says. “It’s just like a musician having to string the tanpura every day to do his riyaaz. I need to draw.”
His two-week, two-part exhibition opened at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, on November 12. While he has done more than 5,000 drawings in the past 56 years, the exhibition showcases 1,500 selected works.
The first part, “A Retrospective: Drawings, Sketches and Studies 1958-2014”, is structured chronologically and thematically. The second part, “Ekalinji Fantasy”, holds 11 large oil paintings and bronze sculptures from 2009-2014. The exhibition traces the artist’s journey of creative expression based on observations and influences from life experiences.