Artist Paul Kallanod makes first art dictionary in Malayalam during lockdown
Kozhikode: When many people devoted their free time during COVID lockdown, artist Paul Kallanod spent the time for making the first ever art dictionary in Malayalam. The muticolour dictionary was prepared in 232 A4 size pages after hard work of four years.
The dictionary is not a word-to-word translation of the English dictionary. But it includes definitions of various styles of art, art media, world class methods, descriptions on artists and other information. The new dictionary comprises of many items not found in world dictionaries. It also contains illustrations, artworks and miniature of world class paintings. The illustrated dictionary gives details of surrealism, expressionism, cubism, fantasy and reality.
Paul has described the style of renowned artists like Raja Ravi Varma. The painting style and life story of noted Indian painters also was added in Malayalam alphabetic order. The 68-year-old artist decided to make a dictionary of art after many people asked him if there are any books in Malayalam.
Paul started making the dictionary adding the information he noted down at different times. However, after a while he started feeling that he would not be able to complete it. But V P Elias who taught Malayalam for 30 years offered him help and Paul was fully engaged in the work. Now DTP works and proof reading are complete. It will be printed as soon as lockdown ends.
Paul had planned an exhibition in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in March-April months. But it was cancelled due to COVID outbreak. A winner of Academy Award and Fellowship, Paul said that he is happy because he could make at least this dictionary for people interested in art. "I penned three poems during this lockdown and now I am working on the biography of A S Nair, who was an artist in Mathrubhumi," Paul said.