Daily Archives: July 16, 2014

Together for the Joy of Art


Thiruvananthapuram :

A spellbinding graffiti standing out from the wall of a popular eating joint in the city, is sure to catch your eyes in a jiffy. This is just one of the many creative endeavours of ‘Wax Apple’ – an art band comprising six enthusiastic youths who are bent on making the city look better with their graffiti. This creative crowd is all set to bring an essential change to the Kerala’s art scene with their striking creations.

“If music bands can be popular, why not an art band on the same lines?” asks Pavi Shankar, the leader of the team. And the team says in unison, “We design ‘uppu thottu karppooram vare’ (from salt to camphor),” (a Malayalam saying to denote that they are ready to undertake any kind of creative work that comes their way).

From designing logos and brochures to illustrations, digital paintings, caricatures, graffiti, animation story boards, layout designs, ads and online promotion of short films, documentaries and many others, there is nothing this team has not touched upon in the creative field.

The team has Pavi, an illustrator; Sidharth Jagadeesh, a visual effects (VFX) and animation expert; Pradeesh Raj, an art director; Amala Tessa Johney, a content writer-cum-poet and Shyam Kundarthala, an actor and Adarsh, who does the marketing.

“Though we have assigned a post to each one of us, we help each other out and work as a team. We also co-ordinate with ‘Unplugged Expressions’, a group which brings out ‘Naadan Pattu’ (folk songs),” says Pavi.

Some of them have done courses related to the work they do in ‘Wax Apple’ while others have chased their dream and joined in later.

Pavi Shankar and Pradeesh passed out from the Fine Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram. Amala has done BVMC from Mar Ivanios College, Thiruvananthapuram. Shyam Kundarthala is a degree student at Mar Ivanios, Adarsh is a BTech degree holder and Siddharth has done a number of animation courses. They have been working together for the past four years.

Wax apple proudly remembers the time when they could bring moments of joy to the lives of children at RCC. The team painted two halls of the RCC children’s ward with their favourite cartoon characters.

“We also did works for Helping Hands Organisation (H2O), which works with differently-abled children. We have worked in painting camps arranged by H2O where we helped the children create paintings,” says Pavi Shankar.

The team got an opportunity to create a graffiti during the celebrations to mark the 125th year of Govt Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram.

“Art works don’t get much appreciation in Thiruvananthapuram when compared to Kochi though many say that the capital city is the best place to live in,” says Pavi.

The team feels artists do not get a free place to do work in the capital city. “We are often shooed away by moral police at Kanakakkunnu. People come there for walks, dance practice, yoga etc but when we try to use the space for creating art works, it becomes a problem,” Pavi says.

Their graffiti work would be quite familiar to the regulars of many eateries in the capital city such as Cafe Tapas and Green Pepper. They also do graffiti on bikes.

About their future graffiti works they say they are looking forward to do a work depicting the tradition and culture of Kerala on the walls of the underpass in Palayam. “We are waiting for an approval from the authorities concerned for this.”

Apart from the graffiti, they also does publicity work for documentaries and short films.

“We have done the publicity designs for ‘Beyond’ a short film by Arun A R to be screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (IDSFFK),” the team says.

“We also did the publicity designs for Cologne, another short film to be screened at IDSFFK this time,” says Siddharth. They have also designed some cinematic T-shirts for the IDSFFK which they plan to sell at the fest. The team proudly say that they also got a chance to do a poster for the Ladakh International Film Festival.

“We have also done paintings for film director Aashiq Abu’s OPM Dream Mill production house,” says Pavi.

“Often we don’t get fully paid for the work. After the work gets finished, people forget to pay for the job done. Many of us come to this field out of genuine interest, quitting other jobs. But this is also our only means to survive. So it hurts when we are not paid for the work done,” says the youngsters.

“I’ve been working with Wax Apple since two years. I plan to take up a job and assist them side by side since this alone cannot be a source of proper income now,” says Amala.

The design of Kerala University youth fest logo was also done by ‘Wax apple’ this time.“We are also planning to conduct an exhibition of our paintings,” Pavi says cheerfully.

Recently, they did the cover page of ‘Being Moon on 31st Cross road’, a book by Praveen P Gopinath.

“We are now doing a logo for Kerala Water and Education,” gushes the group.

The group is also working on a short film based on the accident in which a school van fell into the Parvathi Puthanar. “Instead of the van, we are making use of a model auto in the short film. We have set up the model of an auto for the same,” Adarsh says.

“Apart from remuneration, we find joy and satisfaction in the work we do.”

Wax Apple can be contacted at 9746354747, 9037526608,9633214047 or their website visited at http://www.waxapple.in.

They also have an FB page: https://www.facebook.com/waxappleofficial.

source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Thiruvananthapuram / by Gouri Prasannan / July 16th, 2014

Urdu writer Sulekha Hussain dead

Urdu novelist Sulekha Hussain
Urdu novelist Sulekha Hussain

South Indian Urdu novelist Sulekha Hussain passed away at her residence at Vaduthala, near here, on Tuesday. She was 85. She is survived by a daughter.

Born in an affluent Katchi Memon family at Mattancherry in 1930, she lost her parents at a very young age and was brought up by her grandfather, Jani Sait, an Urdu poet. She did her primary education at the Mattancherry Asia Bahi madrasa and studied Urdu and Arabic.

It was with her husband’s patronage that she began writing. Sulekha penned 27 novels and many short stories, all in Urdu. Some of her novels, Rah AkeliDishvar Huva JeenaEk Khyab Hakhikhath, andMarla he Kali were widely read in several North Indian cities such as Lucknow, Allahabad, New Delhi and Pakistan. Her most famous novel, Tharikhion Ke Baad, was translated into Malayalam by K. Ravi Varma in the 1980s.

Considering her contributions to Urdu literature, she was nominated to the committee awarding fellowships in Urdu language by the Union Cultural Affairs Ministry in 2012. Her son, Faraqu, passed away in 2010.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Thiruvananthapuram / by Staff Reporter / Kochi – July 16th, 2014

Film to showcase panchayat’s past glory

Kochi :

Rayamangalam, one of the earliest panchayats in the district, has embarked on an innovative mission to teach its Generation Next – the history and culture of the village. And it is doing it the digital way.

The home to famous sons-of-soil like Kerala’s ninth chief minister P K Vasudevan Nair, noted communist P Govinda Pillai, and Dr D Babu Paul, former IAS officer and writer, Rayamangalam panchayat is proposing to make a documentary film, ‘My Village’, at a cost of Rs 3.5 lakh.

The panchayat has decided to produce a 45-minute documentary to shed light on the historical and cultural significance of the village as many of its younger generation are ignorant of its past glory and the famous personalities who lived there,” said K K Mathukunju, panchayat president.

Rayamangalam, situated in Kunnathunadu taluk, was the first village to be declared the total pension panchayat in the state.

“The Kuruppampady market in our village was once famous for lemon grass oil for its quality and hill produce. But with passing of time and people switching over to other farming activities, it lagged behind other markets. The Lemon Grass Oil and General Marketing Co-Operative Society Ltd is the only society in the state for the development of lemon grass oil,” Mathukunju said.

The panchayat has invited tenders for producing the film. The 1,600-year-old St Mary’s cathedral in Kuruppampady, Koottumadam temple, Kallil temple which is a Jain temple will be featured big time in the film. One of the attractions is a rock statue of a woman, Velathipara – which is being protected in the regional poultry farm.

The controversial plywood factories and the pollution caused by them will also be highlighted. There are 95 plywood factories, 12 crusher units and around 100 wood factories functioning in the panchayat, says Mathukunju.

Well-known ancestral homes in the village, how they came into existence and interesting anecdotes of former panchayat presidents will also be featured in the documentary.

source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> City> Kochi / by T C Sreemol, TNN / July 06th, 2014