Many admirers, but no takers for Ajna's paintings

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By Juhan Samuel

Kochi, Mar 21 : There are many admirers, but no takers for the paintings of a 84 centimetre dwarf girl of Kerala.

With just 84 cms and weighing around 18 kilos, Ajna has till now made 105 paintings. 21-year-old Ajna has been suffering from a condition born out of a chromosomal deficiency since she was three-year-old. The ailment confines her to the four walls of her house. But, her parents didn't panic and took things in their own way.

According to her father, she started experimenting with palettes and paints when she was six-years-old. Then she was noticed by her primary school teacher through her drawing works.

"I as a father has always felt proud of my daughter and always tried to give her the best by seeing that is she is equipped with all the accessories to give colour to her thoughts," said Mohammed Iqbal, Ajna's father.

Most of her frames comprise lovely landscapes. Many are filled with towering trees, which are conspicuous for their leafless ranches-a peep into her own world.

A touching work is a scene from Panchathantra in which a crane feeds her young ones with her own heart. Another favorite image seems to be that of a ship battling strong waves.

She is now getting valuable tips in art from a tutor from Kalagraham, an art school near her home in Kothamangalam.

"I used to do mainly oil painting on canvas. Now with the help of a teacher, I have started it doing better. The themes i choose are mainly from the nature which i get while traveling, from TV and from watching photographs," said Ajna.

Apart from paintings, Ajna works on ceramic pots and fabric as well.

"To become a well known artist in the future is my ultimate aim in life. For which, i want to do and study more of this art," Ajna added.

Art lovers in the city were astonished to see her art work during the three-day exhibition held in Chitram Art Gallery in Kochi.

Aby Paul, an art lover said, "It was really amazing to see the paintings, but when i came to know about the artist i was stunned."

The painting exhibition was organised and sponsored by Green People, an NGO which works to bringing into limelight many social issues that need attention.

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