Though Shibi Nilamuttam is progressively losing her vision, she is taking the aid of words and colours to brighten up her artistic existence. Shibi, who was a secretary of General Medicines of Gokulam Medical College, was diagnosed with cancer two years ago. It was while on the treatment that she started losing her vision.
Thereafter, it was an unending journey for her to and from the hospitals trying to get a cure for cancer and also to regain her vision. The doctors confirmed the loss of 70% of the vision. Shibi, an ardent reader and painter, resorted to writing and painting. She talked to friends on whatever topics that came to her mind.
The friends wrote down what she said. Then, she took the help of friends to sense the colours of her choice for her paintings. Whatever she wrote became a collection of poems. Her random brushstrokes became beautiful paintings. The release of her book titled ‘Rithukkal Paranjhath’ (What the Seasons Said) was done at the municipality library hall at Attingal the other day along with her painting exhibition by the same name.
Including the cover page of her book, everything was drawn by Shibi. For all those who attended the function, it was a signpost of the struggles of life and of survival. Kureeppuzha Sreekumar released the poetry collection. Doctor K.K.Manoj, the director of Gokulam Medical College inaugurated the art exhibition. The function was presided over by Radhakrishnan Kunnumpuram. Shibi is convinced that the light of her life will come from her words and her brushstrokes.