Every person has artistic abilities and talents. Doctors are often only seen as healers of the sick. While this is the main focus of our lives, we all have other facets to our personalities. This month we would like to present to you the artistic talents of our cardiologists in the hope that it will bring some brightness into lives that have been so affected by the lockdown. Healing the sick is a doctor’s main focus, but art and other interests allow us to relieve the stress of our professional lives and so be able to be at our best when you need us.
What is art?
Is it mere drawing? No, if you ask me, I would say art is a mélange of emotions. For me, everything in this world represents art. For example, looking at a simple brown leaf lying on the floor with its shadow spread on the ground, the play of sunlight on the blade of the leaf and the gentle movement of the leaf in the breeze, all leave me mesmerized for a while. Yes! Art is all around us if we would just take the time to enjoy it!
My Foray into Art:
I am not a professional artist, in fact, I would call myself an amateur. During my 7th standard chemistry class, my class was asked to draw a beaker, a Bunsen burner and a glass pipe. I took my blunt pencil and drew a slanting line in spite of using a scale. Finally, it turned out to be a nasty drawing that drew the teacher’s ire. Exhibiting my picture to the entire class, my teacher told my classmates that this was an example of how not to draw the picture. My classmates’ response of laughter disturbed me a lot. However, I reflected on my picture and realized why it had turned out so. I hadn’t concentrated properly on the picture. I never bothered about the orientation, the lines, etc. For the first time I saw the picture clearly. I started learning from my mistakes. I started to learn drawing by simply putting my own style of reference points, stable points, straight lines, curves and various strokes. I developed an interest in pencil art which did not use colours and involved only pencil shading. This was my starting point.
I started exploring various shades of black. Various types of pencils like B, H, HB, charcoal, graphite, monolith, etc. were my weapons. I also started experimenting with various shades of gray by mixing charcoal powder with rice flour in a mixer. Various gray shades in the art are usually done with a brush but I used filters with different pore sizes to dust over a required area. It was indeed a passion with me once to explore various options like these. My first art on a large scale was a drawing of the Nandhi atop Chamundi Hills. Somehow, my favorites have always been the monuments of India. Maybe because they are filled with emotions. From 2000 to 2006, I drew a lot of pictures that included monuments, Gods and Goddesses of all religions, renowned people and nature. I also drew portraits of my friends to gift them on their birthdays. I released a book called Life in Carbon.
However, professional life took over my passion. It was inevitable as I hardly had time to even think of drawing. I joined Kauvery Hospital in 2017. Around 3 months ago, Kauvery rekindled my passion by starting a project called Magizhchi. Project Magizhchi used artworks to calm and soothe patients while adding beauty to the walls of our hospital. I received a lot of encouragement from the management as well as from my fellow consultants to add to project Magizhchi and after nearly 15 years, I started drawing again. It was indeed a happy feeling to touch the pencils and carbon pieces and see my hands stained with black. Now that I have reconnected with my lost passion and the happiness it brings me, I hope to continue pursuing it into the future!