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Dr Shailaja Prashanth’s traditional art exhibition on August 4

Mysuru, August 1:- ‘Dr’s Paint Brush,’ an exhibition-cum-sale of traditional Mysore-style art alongside contemporary style painting, modern and folk art by Dr Shailaja Prashanth, consultant paediatrician, will be organised at Suchitra Art Gallery, Kalamandir premises here from 10 am to 7 pm on August 4.

The event will be inaugurated at 11 am by journalist Vikram Muthanna. Former minister Prof B K Chandrashekar,  NPSI principal Shubha Achaiah, Girija M, traditional painter Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA) and Dr Narayanappa, HoD, Paediatrics Department of JSS Hospital, will be the guests of honour.

Mysore-style paintings are known for their elegance, muted colours, and attention to detail. The themes for most of these paintings are Hindu gods and goddesses and scenes from Hindu mythology. Other forms to be displayed in this exhibition are Gond art, Madhubani painting, Warli folk painting, Pattachitra painting, Rajasthani miniature painting and Ganjifa art.

“Art is a creative outlet that helps to balance the day-to-day pressures of medical practice. Medical science saves lives, but art has its own healing properties and perhaps, life-altering changes in the society,” opines Dr Shailaja Prashanth. Proceeds of this event will go to SK Charitable Foundation Trust.

Dr Shailaja Prashanth is a consultant paediatrician at Mysore Kids Clinic and visiting clinician at Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysuru. She did her initial training in the United Kingdom at various university hospitals, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and North West region, prior to commencing as a Consultant at Columbia Asia. Her career in medicine has inspired her art and developed an appreciation for the huge communicative power of arts. She balances her work with regular painting sessions at her in-house studio and favourite mediums include acrylic, oil painting, water colour and vegetable colours. “It is a fine balance between my profession as well as my passion and indeed a stress buster,” she says.

A total of 101 paintings will be on display. She is also a keen yoga enthusiast and learning mandolin. (MR)

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