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He brings together the art of calligraphy and divinity.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: April 30, 2013 3:46 am

He brings together the art of calligraphy and divinity. Parameshwar Raju swirls his pen to depict deities in red. Its sharp strokes form imagery from Ganesha to Krishna with his gopis. The 99 names of Allah occupy one frame and another has deities from the famous Jagannath Temple of Puri. The trishul represents Shiva with Nandi in a minimalistic work. The Hyderabad-based artist has an exhibition of his work at Art Spice gallery,The Metropolitan Hotel. The exhibition titled “Sacred is the passion of the sacred integrity” comprises more than 60 frames in walnut ink and deep vermilion ink . On most occasions,he draws from epics and mythology. “When I am drawing an image of a god or a goddess or any such sacred symbol,I don’t see it as god,but as a character in a story. I work like a sculptor who makes an idol. I paint a narrative not just the figures,” says the 52-year-old,who exhibited at the Beijing Biennale in 2012. “The Chinese use the brush as a calligraphic tool and this was different for them,” says the artist.

The exhibition at Art Spice is on till June 10. Contact: 4250 0200

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