This painter from Kerala received huge appreciation in Victorian Parliament
A 50-metre-long canvas titled ‘Pride of Australia’, created by an NRI painter originally from Kerala was displayed at the Queen’s Hall in Victorian Parliament. It was highly appreciated by everyone and fetched him many accolades. It was a monumental moment as this is the first time an Indian has got such an opportunity. Forty-three-year-old Sedunath Prabhakar is the man behind this creation.
Sedunath is settled in Melbourne, Australia and has created the painting which showcases portraits of 50 prominent Australians who belong to a wide cultural, social, and political spectrum.
The painting has portraits of cricketer Donald Bradman, first woman Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Captain James Cook (explorer), John Monash (Army Commander who took part in the First World War), Patrick White (Nobel Prize winner in literature), Emily Kame Kngwarreye (Aboriginal artist), swimmer Ian Thorpe, and footballer Tim Cahill.
Sedunath had a two-day exhibition, which ended on May 25, 2017. He received appreciation for his single-canvas work by everyone who saw it.
Colin Brooks, Speaker of the Victorian Parliament, had extended the invitation to Sedunath for the exhibition. Brooks admired the research Sedunath put into selecting the 50.
According to the IANS, Brooks said,
By holding Prabhakar's exhibition, this clearly shows how this country promotes the talents of those who have come from other countries and this will certainly be a morale booster for all talented people.
Manika Jain, the Consul General of India, said Sedunath's achievement made her especially proud of being an Indian.
Sedunath comes from Kidangoor in Kottayam district of Kerala. He completed his graduation in fine arts from the esteemed Baroda School of Art. He was elated to receive such huge appreciation from one and all who saw the painting. He told IANS,
I feel excited and deeply satisfied. My next major work is to get ready 60 paintings that tell the tradition of Oman and the cultural developments of people and the nation under the rule of Sultan Qaboos. The exhibition will be held in November in Oman.