Thiruvanmiyur plus

Painting prodigy from Vettuvankeni

By K. Manjula

‘I like to draw and paint’ is the simple answer from eleven year old C. Elavarasan who sketches stunning portraits and complex water colour paintings with ease. Elavarasan is a class 7 student of a Corporation Higher Secondary School in Thiruvanmiyur. He is adept in pencil sketching as well as painting using both water colours and acrylic colours on paper and canvas mediums. “I used to draw and colour using crayons and colour pencils. Noticing my interest in drawing, my mother encouraged me to learn from a professional. I am learning from artist Ram Suresh for a year now and he taught me techniques to hone my skills,” says Elavarasan.

His portraits are full of life and his paintings speak for themselves. Awed by one of his impeccable landscape painting in water colour, with perfect light and shade, I questioned him as to how long he took to complete the painting, and he replied 2 hours with admirable ease.

“His works have the maturity level of an adult, but he is very modest and unconscious of his talent. That is when I thought of Adyar Times,” says M. Kalyani, Headmistress of his school, who introduced him to us.

Elavarasan aspires to become an artist, as well as a Scientist and wishes to put an exhibition of his works. He also wants to learn sculpture and miniature art.

“Elavarasan is a natural artist. He is very much focused and follows my instruction carefully. Usually I teach kids of his age sketching and painting using water colours. He has so much potential that I am teaching him painting on canvas, which requires more patience. He has even worked on a single painting on canvas for about a month. Such dexterity is unlikely among kids of his age. He is coming from a humble background; he can go places as a professional artist with help from philanthropists who could sponsor the cost of painting materials,” says Ram Suresh.

Elavarasan is a resident of Vettuvankeni and his father Chandrasekar can be reached at 99417 40383.
His teacher Ram Suresh, who is taking art classes in Thiruvanmiyur can be reached at 98401 06923.


The Thamarai Keni Lake at Sholinganallur is getting a new lease of life due to the efforts of the volunteers from the EFI (Environmentalist Foundation of India). Under the restoration process that commenced on July, this year, the volunteers have removed upto 4.5 tonnes of garbage and planted 450 plant saplings. The lake, which serves as a home to several species of birds now can store upto 90 lakh litres of water in excess.


Painting competition

Nivedita Women Development and Welfare Organisation in association with Lions Club of South Madras is conducting a painting competition for children from 6 years to adults upto 20, on Nov.17 at Bapalal Bhavan, 1st Seaward Road, Thiruvanmiyur.

The participants should bring their own art materials. Registration fee is Rs.10. Registration should be done at L-376,18th Cross Street, Thiruvalluvar Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur. Ph: 94446 73881.


Beach cleanup

The association, ‘Namma Beach, Namma Chennai’ in collaboration with the National Honor Society of the American International School of Chennai, will be conducting a beach cleanup on Nov.18, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Uthandi Nainarkuppam beach, located near the Muthalamman temple.

The children of Suddhananda Vidhyalaya School, the high school students of the Advent Christian school of Injambakkam and the volunteers from Namma Beach Namma Chennai will be cleaning the shores of the beach.

“This activity aims to educate the public about the impact of littering, and insensitivity on local beach pollution and the role that we, the citizens, play in cleaning our beaches. To encourage people to dispose waste appropriately and collect waste in a responsible manner, we are partnering with the local ice vendors to provide a free ice cream or corn to each child in exchange for a bag filled with trash or waste,” say the organisers.


Upcycling at DakshinaChitra

Potrarasan Suban, in-house ceramist at the Ceramic studio DakshinaChitra and the Architecture students from Mohamed Sathak Engineering College went on a cleaning drive on ECR and collected glass bottles to make mural works with recycled glass in a workshop held at the studio. The studio is a space for handcrafted ceramics – a space that holds regular workshops and classes in wheel thrown pottery, as well as hand – made sculptures. Facilities such as potter’s wheel, kick wheel, glazing and high firing are available at the studio.

For more information and to register for such workshop contact Potrarasan at 98406 72154.


The prize distribution ceremony for the kolu kondattam by Arise Charitable Trust was held on Oct.31 at Hotel Keys, Thiruvanmiyur. Shanthi.C., from Maria Montessori School of Training, Thiruvanmiyur distributed the prizes.