Chennai girl finds her calling in portrait painting

By G Srinivasan Published on Nov 02, 2017 10:39 AM IST


Chennai: D Kanchana of Hanumar Koil Street at Mambalam in the city is rare talent who explores her painting  skills across the varied formats of portraits, glass,Tanjore and acrylic.

Kanchana has plenty of paintings to her credit and her works were well received by visitors to her art exhibitionheld in CP Art Centre, Alwarpet recently.

"I loved paintings right from childhood and started learning when I was at the age of 7," started Kanchana, a class ten student of BS Mootha Girls Senior Secondary School, West Mambalam.

'Well begun is half done' proved right in the case of Kanchana, as her mother who herself is an artist sketched a successful track for her lovely daughter.

"Absolutely," smiled Kanchana. "My mother is a great source of inspiration as she constantly encourages me to draw new sketches."

About managing studies and paintings, Kanchana said,"After finishing the day's study schedule, I  go ahead with my paintings every day,   Except Tanjore painting, other formats are less time consuming and I do them in the same day."

"For Tanjore paintings, more concentration and workmanship is needed, as they consume a lot of time. Quite opposite, for acrylic painting, the frame dries in minutes and paintings need to be done within the stipulated time."

Kanchana is also good in academics as she scored full grade (ten) in her ninth standard examinations.

Showing gratitude to her guru, Kanchana said,"My career in painting began with guru Lavanya Bala who has nurtured me at every stage and is ready to clarify doubts any time."

Commenting  about her student, Lavanya said,"Kanchana finishes the paintings well before the time schedule.  This helps her to learn varieties and shine in every format."

Recognising her talents, Tanjore Arts, a painting institution awarded 'Young Ravi Varma' award to Kanchana in 2016.  She has also won several inter-school painting competitions and at the events organised by Global Arts.

"I love to paint landscapes which provide scope for artistes to bring out their imagination.  Also, I am eager to draw portraits of personalities and deities."

"Recently, my guru taught me Kerala mural, an unique type of painting.  I also continue to sketch with oil pastels and colour pencils."

"I would like to become an architect through which I feel my painting skills can be well utilized.  My dream is to draw plenty of paintings on various themes in future and display them at various venues for public view."

Kanchana can be reached at 99413 12136.