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Artists to pay tribute to Delhi rape victim on New Years day
 Story Dated: Monday, December 31, 2012 22:59 hrs IST 
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Kochi: The Kochi-Muziris Biennale art festival will welcome 2013 with a pledge to keep alive the memories of the 23-year-old Delhi girl, gangraped and assaulted leading to her death.

On New Years Day, artists and art lovers will converge on Aspinwall House, the venue of the three-month long festival, to pay tribute to the young victim and to lend their voices to the growing demand nationwide for action to stop crimes against women.

The meeting, led by writer K R Meera, will take place at 11.30 am against the backdrop of a painting by P S Jalaja whose message essentially is to warn every girl of the horrors that lurk in the dark shadows of the modern world.

Jalaja began her work on a stretch of wall at the Aspinwall House the day the young victim died of her injuries. She finished the painting on Monday night, assisted by other Malayali artists at the Biennale. 'Incidents of the past year should not to be swept under with the years passing. Memories of disasters such as these must haunt us for a long time. That is what this painting intends to do,' Jalaja said.

Another of her paintings has been exhibited at the Biennale but the latest work was a spontaneous response and a powerful protest against the Delhi incident which has sparked a nation-wide outrage.
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