Kochi's "Healing Museum"
By Juhan Samuel
Kochi, April 5: A 48-year-old artist will soon open a special "Healing Musuem" containing a variety of artworks done on glass.
Javan Chacko, a resident of Kochi, intends to set up this museum on the rooftop of his home.
The collection of paintings involves portraits of various personalities done tastefully on glass, using a special material that add distinction to it.Chacko began painting at an early age but his artistic inspiration found creative expression on glass only five years ago when he developed an urge to use the art form to make a difference in society.
It was during the hours of daily meditation that Chacko resolved to spread a message of love and peace all around through glass paintings.
"The inspiration for these paintings came from continuous meditation and an urge to do community service. I started painting about five years ago. I don't know how I got started, but I believe that there was an inner force that prompted me to do it. Most of my paintings are thematic and convey a message for the betterment of society," said Chacko.
Working on glass has never been easy for Chacko, though it has been successful in terms of appeal to the discerning art lover.
Chacko takes about two days to do one painting.
Watching her husband struggle with the tedious job, Chacko's wife, Reena, decided to be a helping hand.
"The attention and the encouragement of the people to this art form has motivated us to go ahead," says Reena.
Jacko's vast collection includes portraits of Jesus Christ, Lord Krishna, and holy men like Satya Sai Baba and Mata Amritanandamayi. It also includes portraits of President A.P.J Abdul Kalam, former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee and Mahatma Gandhi and Amitabh Bachchan.
Chacko's next big work is The Last Supper, which he hopes to present to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
The museum will be thrown open to the public by the end of the year.
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