3D painting of temple on house compound wall; Rasheed upholds creativity for unity
Wayanad: The compound wall of a residence near Mathamangalam Bhagavati temple has been turned into to a canvas depicted with local life surrounding the temple. Rasheed Image, the owner of Palakkunnu House, painted the picture on his compound wall making it a unique piece of creativity.
Rasheed, along with the locals, had cleaned up the border wall between the house and the temple and the premises for the temple festival. During the work, Rasheed decided that the wall should be painted with the images of the temple, banyan tree and the festival ground. Though he was an artist, it has been years since he stroked the brush. However, he whitewashed the compound wall and started drawing pictures.
Rasheed is working as the Creative Head in Saif Packaging company in Qatar. He came to his home for a vacation and thought about drawing the picture a day before the temple festival. When Rasheed started painting, the locals and neighbours also supported him with suggestions.
While drawing the mango tree, a neighbour asked him to add two mangoes at the bottom of the tree to give a nostalgic feeling. Rasheed recalled that the large mango tree in the courtyard of the temple was the sweetest memory of his childhood. The tree was chopped down six years ago.
Finally, he completed the pictures with 3D effect after five days of the festival. The mantra ‘Asathoma Sadgamaya’ also has been written on the wall. Everyone who arrived for the festival were amazed to see the 3D painting and appreciated Rasheed.
"A woman in the neighbourhood was in tears of joy after seeing the picture and it is the greatest praise for me," Rasheed said. He said that he used twigs and leaves to give the 3D effect in order to attract the public to art. Otherwise the picture would have been an ordinary art form.
Rasheed’s children Athil Ramees and Riya Fathima also helped him in the work. His wife Seenath also support him in the task. Rasheed learned arts from Kozhikode Universal Arts School of Fine Arts. He is planning an art programme based on a nature-related topic along with his batch mates there.
All of them will draw pictures on the logs piled up on the roadside from Muthanga to Lakkidi in the coming Sundays. Earlier, Rasheed was working as an arts teacher and had designed logos and cover pages for publications including Mathrubhumi. He went overseas afterwards. He is also active in nature conservation.