Bringing Social Issues To Limelight Through Art | Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India

Bringing Social Issues To Limelight Through Art |  Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India

Thiruvananthapuram: Saphy MS, an art teacher who goes by the name Chitra Jyothi, is featuring 25 paintings at ‘Reflections’, her second solo exhibition at Vyloppilli Sanskriti Bhavan, Chithra seeks to address major social issues prevalent today and send a message to the public that change begins when one speaks up.
“I have attempted to paint events we witness every day in our society. My idea is to inspire the audience through my art to take appropriate action,” she said.
Neglect of senior citizens, the state of affairs of those who are denied a better life and innocent children being deprived of a wholesome childhood due to social evils are some of the themes Chithra explores in her contemporary style acrylic paintings. An example would be the work titled ‘Scarecrows’, where one can see many faces shrouded by clusters of flowers which denote how people are often silenced by external forces and are reduced to being mere observers.
Chithra began her journey as an artist under the mentorship of artist Krishnan Pattoor and then enrolled at the Government Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikkara, After initially being academically involved as arts teacher at a school and a guest lecturer at Thiruvananthapuram Government Engineering College, Chithra has been actively practicing art for the past five years. “When I started teaching art to children, I became more interested in sensitizing them about the relevance of art in our society and how our future generations should be part of it,” she said. The 50-year-old currently heads the co- scholastic department at Holy Trinity Vidyabhavan School at Haripad.The expo will conclude on Saturday.


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