A room of one’s own

Kollywood cinematographer Vijay A Chandhran used his isolation days in Madurai to show a rooftop room into a creative studio

MADURAI: A small rooftop room with freshly painted wall artwork in Madurai’s Reserve Line space peeps from a cluster of homes. The earthy clay-coloured 25X20 ft wall not too long ago became a huge canvas for a novice attempting his hand at Mandala artwork.

Against an azure summer season sky as clouds float in sweet cotton puffs bouncing over rooftops, the mural from a distance seems to be like a fairly rangoli in pure white. “I have tried the basic floral pattern as this is my first attempt and am thrilled with the result,” smiles Vijay A Chandhran, who can also be a Kollywood cinematographer.

He painted from 7 am to 7 pm for 3 steady days to complete this work of artwork. “I was so drawn to it that I even forgot to eat. The creative exercise upped my energy and concentration levels,” says the self-taught artist.

But for the lockdown, Vijay, popularly generally known as Madura Vijay in tinsel world, would maybe not have found his ability with the comb. “Prior to this, I have never held a colour pencil or paintbrush in my hand nor have I tried my hand at drawing,” says the 28-year-old, fortunately posing in opposition to his artwork work.

Kollywood cinematographer Vijay A Chandhran at his inventive studio
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A sudden urge to do one thing completely different, two days of considering exhausting and visualising, and 4 days to color the wall and full the drawing: “I am amazed at the output,” he says and provides, “This is what three weeks of isolation in my parents’ house did to me!”

Vijay, who has been working as a cameraperson in Kollywood for final seven years, not too long ago labored in Dhanush’s upcoming action-thriller Jagame Thanthiram and likewise completed his work for the Netflix internet sequence, Bahubali Before The Beginning. With no initiatives in hand until November, he returned to his hometown Madurai final month. The uncertainty and tedium made him realise he wanted one thing extra than simply house meals to tide over lengthy hours inside 4 partitions.

“While in Chennai, I often visited a production designer who is also a trained Mandala artist. Watching her at work radiated positive vibes,” says Vijay. So, a morning’s motivation pushed him to buy an assortment of emulsified paint.

But there was an issue — the dearth of inventive area in his home. To begin his new endeavour, he went home looking and at last positioned a one-room unit on a terrace. “It looked perfect for an artistic outlet,” says Vijay, “as I could happily do my quarantine murals here and also use the room as a creative studio for myself and my bunch of close friends.”

Finding a creative space Cinematographer Madura Vijay at his studio in Madurai

Finding a inventive area Cinematographer Madura Vijay at his studio in Madurai
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With his new discovered love for drawing, Vijay now plans to color the opposite partitions, each inside and outside. “I’ve already selected the topic — the Buddha sitting on a lotus in dhyana asana — for the outside and the remaining is an idea in progress,” he says. Meanwhile, his mates have helped him with minimalist inside ornament. “It is all lit up with mirchi lights at night time if we meet up for singing, dancing, or jamming,” he says. Mostly, he says, they meet in the course of the day for discussions and writing scripts and lyrics.

The crew is engaged on a two-part video titled Namma Madurai 2.0. The first version, that was not too long ago launched, is a compilation of visuals (nonetheless and movement) from 10 native main photographers that spotlight the defining components of the temple city in a number of hues — it is folks, landmarks, meals, markets, streets, songs and slang. “It is fast-paced and boisterous like the city but part two will be a post-lockdown sober recollection of city images,” says Vijay. And his new studio has all the weather to encourage.

He says alongside along with his mates, all of whom have a ardour for the humanities, he’s attempting to maintain the creativity alive in a scientific approach. “To remain stress free and do things of your choice in the middle of a pandemic is a luxury.”

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