Artist exhibits a mix of Tanjore & Patachitra works

By Aaditya Anand M Published on Jul 25, 2018 01:27 PM IST

 Tejasmi Honey.

Chennai: City-based artist Tejasmi Honey, who works predominantly on Tanjore and Patachitra paintings, displayed her first ever solo art exhibition on the theme 'Radha and Krishna' at Art Houz, Nungambakkam on Tuesday.

The inaugural session saw presence of DGP T K Rajendran and City Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan.

Tejasmi, wife of ADGP Ashok Das said, "I started with only Tanjore painting. During 2015 floods, I lost all my artworks. Then with the encouragement of my husband and children, I decided to start the work once again."

"Hailing from Orissa, I decided to blend the Tanjore painting and Orissa's Patachitra style, to bring a new variation to my creations," she added.

Painting work of Lord Krishna and Radha on display.

When her husband, Ashok Das, joined the Tamilnadu Cadre, Indian Police Service in 1995, Tejasmi shifted to Tamilnadu.

"When he was posted in Ramanathapuram, I became curious about Tanjore painting. Later another transfer to Thanjavur for a year helped me learn the Tanjore art from the local artists," she said.

Her tryst with Patachitra started much before that during her college days and hence it became easy for her to blend the two traditional art forms.

The artist has been living in Chennai for more than 15 years now and calls herself as a Tamilian and also speaks the language fluently.

Totally 35 paintings ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1.60 lakh are displayed in the exhibition. The expo ends today.