Portrait of an Indian Artist

What remains the same, though, are the surroundings. Ramachandran has moved far from the turbulent '60s when his work depicted violence, suffering and misery. His current oeuvre is rooted in the colours and forms of murals of the Kerala temples and the Bhil community in Rajasthan that remains largely unaffected by urban transitions. So, if the 1998 work, Prospective Brides to Baneshwar Mela, shows women dressed in finery waiting for their grooms, in Rituals of Lal Dhaga, Ramachandran becomes part of the ritual where red thread is tied to trees for the fulfillment of wishes. In his turtle avatar, he takes the form of the base of the floral tree surrounded with women. In Waiting for Bus at Eklinji, he is a bird perched on a tree with several others, and in The Orbit, he is a snail watching a woman seated in the green patch.

"I want to depict the India unaffected by industrialisation, the India that we are losing, the pure India. I want to document it before the encroachment of all our villages," says the Padma Bhushan awardee.

"Dhyanachitra" is being held at Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40, Defence Colony, till December 15. Contact: 24622545

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