The first-ever English translation of the living legend ‘Artist’ Namboodiri’s memoir, Sketches features his eloquent line drawings interspersed with vivid portrayals of the people and places-both ordinary and significant-that he grew up with. The memoir is translated to English by Gita Krishnankutty, with a foreword by M.T VAsudevan Nair.
Opening a window into the esoteric and forgotten world of twentieth-century rural Kerala, Namboodiri describes how certain family homes and community spaces were the centre of creativity, cultural exchange and mutual regard.
With a sprinkling of light humour, he writes about a self-proclaimed doctor who sought out patients, the most famous temple festival that he could not witness, a neighbourhood elephant’s encounter with a deaf man, among other amusing vignettes.
Through the chronicles of his time at art school, his job as an illustrator for a leading Malayalam magazine, his novel experience of making a film with an actor who didn’t want to be paid, Namboodiri offers an exclusive glimpse of the world of art and literature. Among other renowned names, K C S Panicker and Vaikom Muhammad Basheer make an appearance.
Vast in sweep, endlessly engaging and infused with Namboodiri’s charming wit, Sketches is a visual and literary delight.