A journey to South India
A journey to south India led me to the cultural centre “Vijnana Kala Vedi” to learn the traditional dance-drama Kathakali and the classical dance Mohini-Attam and later on, ephemeral ground paintings by means of mineral and vegetable powders.
Teaching and research were made possible by scholarships through the Indo-French Cultural Exchange Program and an allowance of the “Centre National du Livre” (Paris).
During my many sojourns, I have learnt from the Tamil women the repertory and symbolism of kolam and from Sri Parameswara Kurup, a ritual painter attached to the prestigious temple of Ambalapuzha in Kerala, the technique and spirit of kalam ground painting.
I graduated from the Sorbonne University, “Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes”, author of the film Kalam eluttu pattu, to paint and sing the kalam produced with the help of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research).
I give lecture demonstrations and organize workshops in various structures in France and abroad, and I create ephemeral paintings and murals within the framework of exhibitions (Museum of Asian Arts, Nice) and festivals or on a purely individual basis.
The world of ephemeral paintings and Indian philosophy constitute the background of my graphic research between calligraphy and “calligrams”. I am engaged in an artistic quest rooted in the repetition of the sacred syllable OM and the drawing of traditional patterns.