Painting exhibition organised by IRS officer Nandini Nair

Chennai: Nandini R Nair, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service, is multi-faceted. An artist who is into theatre and dance too, she recently put up an exhibition at the Amethyst Hall in Royapettah.

Titled ‘Small Talk (voices to be heard)’, the show had a collection of paintings embodying women as independent entities. Speaking to News Today, she says, “Although I started painting from a young age, my skill was honed by my mentor and art teacher M P Manoj.”

She further adds that the artist in her never tries to convey a message, rather, she likes to experiment with themes that revolve around women. “My paintings are basically about my support for the female gender,” she says, adding that ‘Small Talk’ was her first solo exhibition.

Born and raised in the city of Cochin, Nandini had participated in the group exhibition named Manava Maithri Sangamam, organised by Kerala Lalit Kala Academy, at the age of 15.

About her achievements, Nandini says, “I won the first prizes at the Kerala State Youth Festival and at the South Zone Inter University Youth Festival. I am also a recipient of the scholarship for Advanced Training in Theatre, instituted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India.”

Apart from these, she has also participated in theatre festivals organised by UNESCO and the National Institute of Performing Arts, New Delhi.

When asked about the art scene of today, Nandini says, “I am happy about the way it is evolving with a lot of new movements, venues and biennials. Children are more exposed to various forms today.”

The painting exhibition was held at Amethyst, Royapettah, till 30 June. She can be contacted at 9445599602.

NT Bureau