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Indian artist uses Tanjore style to depict Omani jewellery


Kavitha Ramakrishna, Traditional painter
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Muscat: An Indian artist based in Muscat has used the classical South Indian painting style, Tanjore, to depict traditional Omani jewellery.

Kavitha Ramakrishna, who specialises in Tanjore paintings, has brought alive the beauty of Omani traditional jewellery through her works. Tanjore painting is an art form dating back many centuries.

It is the beauty and artistic richness of the Omani traditional jewellery that inspired Kavitha to take up this venture. "I wanted to put these beautiful artefacts on canvas using vivid colours and compact composition used in Tanjore paintings," said Kavitha.

The artists added that being an ardent connoisseur of Tanjore paintings, she would like to dedicate her latest work to the people of the Sultanate.

"All the recently completed works will be presented to select Omani institutions as part of a goodwill gesture," Kavitha said.

The ancient art form from Tanjore, dating back to 1600 AD, has been popularised by Kavitha in Muscat. "I have been practising this art form for the last 10 years and have taught it to interested learners in Muscat," she said.

She has already close to 75 paintings to her credit. Besides, she also got a rare opportunity to exhibit her art at the Indian Embassy in Oman, with the support of the Indian Ambassador. "I am grateful to have received wide publicity and admiration for it," she said.

Inspired by the cultural unity that existed between Oman and India, she had dedicated one of her paintings to the Maitha bin Saif Al Mahrouqi, undersecretary, Ministry of Tourism, Oman government. "She was the driving force behind my latest Tanjore works," said Kavitha.

 "It takes close to two months to complete one painting. Gold sheet and semi-precious stones are one of the key materials used for this art," she added.

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