Friday, January 09, 2009

Vayanasala of rural Kerala

www.usharamachandran.com This is a painting of small 'vayanasala'(reading room) a converted godown ,where the local people can read the papers and books for free.Very, very common some time back .This kind of reading rooms are among the institutions which made Kerala what it is today,so different from other states of India--taught the common man on the road to think and discuss.I am told these are fast vanishing from the face of small towns and villages of Kerala. A photo in The Hindu taken by Thulasi Kakkat gave me the idea to paint this.
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