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Artists paint on Christian themes

Painters say they were inspired by leading Christian figures

Artists paint on Christian themes
Jeevan A.S. a Hindu artist with his paintings
Francis Rodrigues, Mangalore

March 2, 2011

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Seven Hindu artists, two Christians and one Muslim have exhibited works with a Christian message inspired by Mother Teresa and Jesus Christ in Mangalore, southern India. Anil Devadiga, a Hindu who showed a Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, says painting is “a spiritual process and religion for an artist. It transcends the para-metered religions of the world.” Some artists said Jesus and Blessed Teresa have inspired them the most. “Mother Teresa is a universal symbol of love which cannot be tied to a single religion,” said Devadiga. He said the Koran depicts Jesus as a messenger of God and his “way of peace inspired me to study his personality.” Anil Rasquinha, chief convener of the “Art 4 Concern - Charity Art Exhibition and Auction,” said they would donate the money from the exhibition for the treatment of a burn victim and some others. Milagres Church of Mangalore organized the program as part of its centenary celebrations. Agnes Rebello, a Christian visitor to the February 27 exhibition, noted the “real inter-religious gathering” occurred against a backdrop of Hindu extremist groups’ attacks on churches in Karnataka. IB13465.1643

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