Colonial revisits – The New Indian Express

Express press service

KOCHI: They are a whisper of the past – echoes of undocumented colonial life in their most integral form. Myths and fantasies of old are told through black and white mazes in the art of Rakesh P K. It’s hard to miss the mystical elements they contain, the way he portrays the charm rustic years gone unnoticed.

With charcoal sticks, charcoal powder and graphite pencils on canvas, Rakesh creates magic. The past is reimagined in a new light. The monochrome world he creates is an ode to the life and people of the colonial period.

He has banned bright colors from his palette for the time being. Although charcoal is a medium with many limitations, Rakesh makes his art unique by playing with textures, patterns and styles. “I have a weakness for black and white. Monochrome has many deep shades,” he says.

He ventured into the art world during the pandemic. Although prone to it since childhood, Rakesh never took art lessons. The drawings his father made on the letters he sent from abroad were the young artist’s initiation into art. “I started by recreating the art that my father, an artist, drew on the letters,” says Rakesh who works as a UI/UX designer in Bengaluru.

Eventually, his camera also became his constant companion. But then the pandemic played spoilsport. “There was nothing to do and that’s when I thought about going back to art. I had art supplies with me, so I started working on charcoal portraits,” he says. And there was no turning back.

Rakesh says he found his calling recreating stories from the past. “Representing the old days and opening up that world to the public was fascinating to me. Everything about these people is different from us – culture, dress, facial structure and complexion. Currently, I am researching them and also creating art,” says Rakesh from Malappuram. He intends to hold an exhibition once the series is over.

He reminds us that art is a powerful medium. “You can communicate a lot through art. I want to create pieces that inspire people and take them on a journey through uncharted lands and uncharted realms,” says Rakesh. Nothing is planned for this young artist either. Once he starts drawing, the subjects change as he goes along. “Art is a journey. You can’t plan it. I draw to find my happiness. That’s what drives me. lets continue,” he said.

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Today’s sessions (March 19)

Kairali
Wonder: 9 a.m.
Yuni: 11:30 a.m.
Captain Volkonogov escaped: 3 p.m.
Moukagali: 8 p.m.
Kill Eunuch Khan: 8:30 p.m.
Quark
The day is over: 9:15 a.m.
Kummatty: 11:30 a.m.
In the mist: 3:30 p.m.
Pilgrims: 6 p.m.
The Death of a Virgin and the Sin of Not Living: 3:15 p.m.
Kalabhavan
Shoebox: 9:45 a.m.
Sunny: 12:15 p.m.
The Following People: 3:15 p.m.
Ivan Megaroopan: 6 p.m.
The Rapist: 8:30 p.m.
Tagore
Ahed’s Knee: 9 a.m.
L’Arbit documentation of an amphibian hunt: 11:30 a.m.
Pebbles: 3:30 p.m.
Camila is going out tonight: 6:30 p.m.
Tom Medina: 8:45 p.m.
Nishagandhi
Bergman Island: 6:30 p.m.
The worst person in the world: 9 p.m.
Nor the
Amira: 9:30 a.m.
Mughal-E-Azam: 11:45 a.m.
midnight: 4:30 p.m.
A New Old Play: 7 p.m.
Sree Padmanabha
Wars: 10 a.m.
The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao: 12:30 p.m.
Two friends: 3:30 p.m.
Maixabel: 6:30 p.m.
New Theater-1
Playground: 9:15 a.m.
Moon, 66 Questions: 11:45 a.m.
Out of sync: 2:45 p.m.
Hint: 6:30 p.m.
Full time: 9 p.m.

New Theater-2
Deep6: 9:30 a.m.
Perfume of Gardenias: 12:15 p.m.
Ripples of Life: 3:30 p.m.
Mali Twist: 6:30 p.m.
Ajanta
Brighton 4: 9:45 a.m.
The Son: 12:15 p.m.
The exam: 3:15 p.m.
Bad Luck Banging or Looney Porn: 6:15 p.m.
Tasting: 8:45 p.m.
Ariesplex-1
The Face You Deserve: 9:30 a.m.
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy: 12 p.m.
Engagement Hasan: 3 p.m.
The Good Boss: 6 p.m.
France: 8:30 p.m.
Ariesplex-2
Away: 9:15 a.m.
The Cloud and the Man: 11:45 a.m.
Anatomy of time: 2:45 p.m.
Hawk’s Muffin: 6:15 p.m.
Dawn of the day: 8:45 p.m.
Ariesplex-4
Shaking Tokyo: 9:45 a.m.
Lucas: 12 p.m.
Ballad of a White Cow: 3 p.m.
Sun & Girl: 5:30 p.m.
A higher law: 7:30 p.m.
Ariesplex-5
Costa Brava, Lebanon: 9:45 a.m.
Clara Sola: 12:15 p.m.
The Other Side: 2:30 p.m.
Supported: 7 p.m.
Ariesplex – 6
The Language of the Moluntains: 9 a.m.
10 + 4: 9:15 a.m.
Abandoned in Iraq: 11:45 a.m.
Money has four legs: 3:30 p.m.
Our dear month of August: 6:30 p.m.

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