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Tributes paid to Delhi rape victim at biennale
 Story Dated: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 19:52 hrs IST 
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Kochi: Kochi-Muziris Biennale, the first such art extravaganza in the country, Tuesday paid homage to the 23-year-old girl who died after being gang raped at Delhi, by painting a disturbing picture that symbolised the brutal assault.

Aspinwall House, the main venue of the three-month-long event, saw the completion of a fresco featuring a naked newborn girl bearing marks of extreme cruelty all over her body.

The infants open-mouthed scream is not portrayed as the natural cry of a child that has just come out of its mothers womb, but is suggestive of the darkness that she sees in her first stare at todays insecure and monstrous world, according to P S Jalaja, who did the work.

'We salute the courage of the woman who fought till her last breath,' said the artist, who completed the painting in two days.

In a makeshift tomb erected close to the work, a gathering of artists, aesthetes and visitors paid homage to the paramedical student, who died last Saturday in a Singapore hospital. Some offered red flowers, while others lit candles.

Renowned author K R Meera, who participated in the ceremony, said the newly-drawn image was capable of wounding ones heart. 'Those with a sensitive mind cannot look at it for long,', she said.

"The monstrosity we saw in Delhi is a major issue for not just a city, but the whole of our country. A young woman has reminded us of it; the entire generation of youths has realised its grievousness," the 42-year-old Malayalam short-story writer, once a journalist, said.

Artist Bose Krishnamachari, a co-curator at the biennale, said the function was organised to send the message that a shocking event of the year that passed by must not be forgotten.

Co-curator Riyas Komu, also a Mumbai-based Malayali like Krishnamachari, wished the painting would stand as a token of protest against the violence in society. Writer-cartoonist Bonny Thomas, who is a trustee with the Kochi Biennale Foundation that is hosting the event slated to end on March 13, led the candle-lighting ritual.
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