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Kerala painter Sedunath Prabhakar’s work on Oz history lauded Down Under

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Sedunath Prabhakar (image: IANS)

Thiruvananthapuram: A Kerala painter created history Down Under through his unique painting “Pride of Australia” in which 50 eminent Australian personalities are depicted on a single canvas.

The canvas measures 50 metres in length and 1.5 metres in width.

Melbourne-settled Keralite painter Sedunath Prabhakar’s work, which took him close to three years to finish, won him many accolades when it was showcased for the first time on September 26 at Glen Eira city Town Hall, Melbourne.

The event was inaugurated by Craig Ondarchie, state member of northern metropolitan region, shadow minister for investment and jobs, and other Australian dignitaries.

“I received a good response when the exhibition opened and was approached to showcase my work in other Australian cities too,” Prabhakar told IANS from Melbourne.

“Ever since I landed in Australia seven years back, what fascinated me was the country’s rich indigenous culture and history. Many famous personalities and their contributions triggered within me the desire to provide a tribute to them and to this country, through my artistic talent,” said Prabhakar.

“After lot of research, I selected 50 personalities.”

Sedunath Prabhakar's painting with 50 eminent Australian personalities on a single canvas. (image: IANS)
Sedunath Prabhakar’s painting with 50 eminent Australian personalities on a single canvas. (image: IANS)

The 50 personalities include Donald Bradman, first lady prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Captain James Cook (explorer), John Monash (Army Commander who took part in World War I), Patrick White (Nobel awardee), Emily Kame Kngwarreye (aboriginal artist), swimmer Ian Thorpe and footballer Tim Cahill among others.

Recalling his piece of art, he said he first sketched the individual and then used acrylic medium to paint. It took, on an average, three to four days for him to complete each of the 50 personalities.

Prabhakar was elated by the response he received from the guests and Craig Ondarchie.

“But he (Prabhakar) will be another icon who is from another country and made an amazing portrait of our greats. I have never seen this kind of a tribute in Australian art history,” said Nick Staikos, an MP.

The painting is on a canvas which can be rolled up and, thus, is easily portable.

Hailing from Kidangoor in Kottayam district, Prabhakar did his graduation in Fine Arts from the prestigious Baroda School of Arts in 1998 and reached Melbourne in 2008 along with his wife who now works as a social worker.

Prabhakar is not resting on his laurels and is trying to explore the possibilities of a fusion of Australia’s rich artistic tradition with his own.

“I am now looking forward to meet indigenous Australian artists to work with them and learn from them. I also would like to teach them some of our Indian traditions,” added Prabhakar.

(IANS)

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Kerala NRI Painter Sedunath Prabhakar’s work titled “Pride of Australia” draws huge response in Victorian Parliament

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Sedunath Prabhakar (image: IANS)

Melbourne/Thiruvananthapuram, May 25, 2017: A Kerala NRI painter’s work on a 50-metre long single canvas titled “Pride of Australia” was on display at the Queen’s Hall in the Victorian Parliament and fetched accolades.

This is the the first time an Indian artist has got this opportunity.

The painting by Sedunath Prabhakar, settled in Melbourne, showcased portraits of 50 prominent Australians drawn from a wide and varying cultural, social and political spectrum.

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The 50 Australian greats, whose portraits include Donald Bradman, first lady Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Captain James Cook (explorer), John Monash (Army Commander who took part in the First World War), Patrick White (Nobel Prize winner in literature), Emily Kame Kngwarreye (aboriginal artist), swimmer Ian Thorpe and footballer Tim Cahill.

The two-day exhibition of Prabhakar ended on Thursday evening, with all those who saw it appreciating the single canvas work.

Colin Brooks, speaker of the Victorian Parliament who extended the invite to Prabhakar, after going through the painting said Prabhakar has done a lot of research to select the 50 as he has included Australia’s first Prime Minister Sir Edmund Barton and it was in this hall that Australia’s first parliament had its sitting.

“By holding Prabhakar’s exhibition, this clearly shows how this country promotes the talents of those who have come from other countries and this will certainly be a morale booster for all talented people,” said Brooks.

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Consul General of India, Manika Jain said she felt proud of being an Indian after seeing the work of a fellow Indian getting huge appreciation from the Victorian Parliament.

Prabhakar, 43, hails from Kidangoor in Kottayam district. He did his graduation in Fine Arts from the prestigious Baroda School of Arts. He was in an ecstatic mood after getting accolades from everyone who came and saw his work.

“I feel excited and deeply satisfied,” said the artist, and added that his next major work is to get ready 60 paintings that tell the tradition of Oman and the cultural developments of people and the nation under the rule of Sultan Qaboos. The exhibition will be held in November in Oman. (IANS)

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Work of a Kerala Painter Sedunath Prabhakar to be exhibited at the Queen’s Hall in Parliament of Victoria in Melbourne

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Sedunath Prabhakar (image: IANS)

Thiruvananthapuram, May 10, 2017: A painter from Kerala, Sedunath Prabhakar, settled in Melbourne, has become the first Indian painter to get an invitation from the Parliament of Victoria in Melbourne to exhibit his painting at the Queen’s Hall of the complex.

The “Pride of Australia” exhibition will showcase portraits of 50 prominent Australians drawn from a wide and varying cultural, social and political spectrum on a 50-metre single long canvas. It would be displayed on May 24 and 25.

Speaking to IANS over telephone from Melbourne, 43-year-old Prabhakar said: “Apart from the members of Victorian Parliament, guests from various ethnic communities and political parties in Victoria will also come to have a look at my work.”

“It was in 2015 that this work of mine depicting the historical journey of Australia was finished and by now, lots of Australian people have seen it,” said Prabhakar.

The 50 Australian greats, whose portraits would be on display, include Donald Bradman, first lady Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Captain James Cook (explorer), John Monash (Army Commander who took part in the First World War), Patrick White (Nobel Prize winner in literature), Emily Kame Kngwarreye (aboriginal artist), swimmer Ian Thorpe and footballer Tim Cahill, among others, he said.

Prabahakar’s achievement has been highly appreciated by the Kerala community in Melbourne as well.

Speaking to IANS, Thiruvallam Bhasi, Editor of a Malayalam magazine published from Melbourne, said: “This is a great honour for we Keralites too, as he is the first Indian to get an invite.”

“I have known him ever since he came here in 2008…is a committed professional and I have been fortunate to see his masterpieces from the start. Now, with this honour, we are all happy that his hard work has paid off,” said Bhasi, who was with Prabhakar to meet the Speaker of the Victorian Parliament.

Hailing from Kidangoor in Kottayam district, Prabhakar did his graduation in Fine Arts from the prestigious Baroda School of Arts in 1998 and arrived in Melbourne in 2008, along with his wife.

He has also got an invitation from Indian Ambassador to Oman Indra Mani Pandey’s office to conduct a painting exhibition in Fine Arts Society of Oman.

“The proposed exhibition will have 60 paintings which tell the tradition of Oman and the cultural developments of people and the nation under the rule of Sultan Qaboos. The exhibition will be held in November,” said Prabhakar. (IANS)