How a hospital turned patients to budding artists

A training in painting takes place at the Malabar Cancer Centre.

Thalassery: A mural of Lord Ganesha, done by cancer survivors at the Malabar Cancer Centre in Thalassery, will be unveiled at the Centre on Tuesday, the World Palliative Care Day.

It was Pallur native K E Sulochana who offered to teach painting to patients who could find relief from the creation. The Centre’s director, Dr Sateeshan Balasubramaniam, took the initiative and the training was launched in July last year.

Sulochana provided the brush, canvas and paint. The training was scheduled for three hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Those who have completed six months of training in mural painting have emerged as excellent artists, Sulochana says.

Several projects are on to support cancer survivors at Malabar Cancer Centre. The making of paper bag was one of them. Money raised from the sale of the bags was provided to poor patients at the Centre.

The painting sessions were the second stage of such projects which are led by Palliative Medicine chief Dr M S Biji.

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