Prabhakar’s brush with history
A Kerala painter has created history Down Under through his unique painting "Pride of Australia" in which 50 eminent Australian personalities are depicted on a single canvas. The canvas measures 50 metres in length and 1.5 metres in width. Melbourne-settled Keralite painter Mr Sedunath Prabhakar's work, which took him close to three years to finish, won him many accolades when it was showcased for the first time at Glen Eira city Town Hall, Melbourne in September.
The event was inaugurated by Mr Craig Ondarchie, state member of northern metropolitan region, shadow minister for investment and jobs, and other Australian dignitaries. "I received a good response when the exhibition opened and was approached to showcase my work in other Australian cities too," Mr Prabhakar said. "Ever since I landed in Australia seven years back, what fascinated me was the country's rich indigenous culture and history. Many famous personalities and their contributions triggered within me the desire to provide a tribute to them and to this country, through my artistic talent," said Mr Prabhakar. "After lot of research, I selected 50 personalities."
The 50 personalities include Ms Donald Bradman, first lady prime minister of Australia Ms Julia Gillard, Captain James Cook (explorer), Mr John Monash (Army Commander who took part in World War I), Mr Patrick White (Nobel Awardee), Ms Emily Kame Kngwarreye (aboriginal artist), swimmer Ian Thorpe and footballer Tim Cahill among others.