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It’s difficult to imagine a 19-year-old being familiar with so many hues of life, and then expressing them so eloquently through painting. Ragini Srikrishna, a second-year psychology student at the University of Illinois, US, not only paints these “hues" in various shades of indigo and dark maroon, she connects “the two most important things for human beings", food and colours.

“Who can deny the connection between food and emotions, and colours only express the emotions better," says Srikrishna. This co-relation is the theme of Srikrishna’s exhibition Hues Of life, which will be showcased at Mast Kalandar, a north Indian restaurant in Bangalore, from Saturday.

The 12 paintings, made in oils and acrylics, range from a blue portrait of a man who is visibly sad, to a painting of a woman which is mostly done in red. There are also a few paintings of fruits like apples and guavas. “Having food paintings at a restaurant is my way of relating the art with people’s needs," says Srikrishna.

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“It is also the first time I have tried to express human emotions through my works," says Srikrishna.

And like her 2009 exhibition, 50% of the proceeds of the sale from this exhibition will go to FAME India, a Bangalore-based non-governmental organization that provides education and training for those with neurodevelopmental disabilities. “What is the point of art when it is not inspired by people and inspired for people?" asks Srikrishna.

Hues Of Life,11am-11pm, 12-27July, Mast Kalandar, Gopalan Mall, Old Madras Road, Bangalore (65690566). Price, 2,500 onwards.

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