12 December 2019

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Jayaprakash: Promoting the Intricacies of Art

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 Unassuming, and soft spoken, that best describes Mr. Jayaprakash, Director of Thapasiya School of Arts. Basically hailing from Thalasseri in Kerala, Jayaprakash started out on his career by pursuing the noblest of professions- teaching. He was the drawing teacher at Good Shepherd Public School, Ooty. Later on, he decided to shift to Chennai and joined Chinmaya Vidyalaya as an arts teacher.

  “While teaching there, I realised that I wasn’t able to impart my knowledge or my creativity to my students. Creativity has to be carefully nurtured and it takes time, which cannot be done during a short span of half an hour to forty five minutes per day, or even just one class a week. I had several talented students in my class, to whom I was not doing justice to. At about this time, after giving it a lot of thought, I decided to venture out on my own and start my own art school”- explains Jayaprakash.

 “A lot of latent talent lies untapped in house wives and kids. They are left with practically no avenues to explore, learn or exhibit their artistic talents. Here at Thapasiya, I provide them the opportunity not only to learn, but also to experiment and exhibit their skills.”- Smiles Jayaprakash.

The youngest student here is just four years old. Kids who enroll here are even taught to creatively transform lines and numbers to artistic creations and drawings. A wide variety of paintings are taught here, ranging from pastels, oils, Tanjore charcoal, the list is endless.

 Thapasiya was established in the year 2000 at Chennai, and is a true haven for all art lovers. It has grown by leaps and bounds and has three branches in Chennai alone- Anna Nagar, Kilpauk and Mogappair. Over the past five years, the talent of Thapasiya students has been exhibited at Lalit Kala Academy. “Every year, more than forty housewives and two hundred plus kids participate in the exhibitions. By giving them avenues to exhibit and show case their talent, we encourage and inspire the creativity in our students.”- Jayaprakash.  Not only is creativity and talent taught, show cased and exhibited, but the paintings are sold too at Thapasiya, making this a truly unique entrepreneurial venture. Tanjore, oil paintings, water colors, pastels and a lot more of art work, expertly done by students and staff of Thapasiya are sold at very lucrative prices.

For all entrance examinations conducted by NATA, NIFT, NID, B.Arch and Viscom (visual communication), candidates are tested for their creativity and drawing skills. Thapasiya steps in to provide guidance and training to aspiring candidates on how to go about preparing for these entrance examinations. The expert team at Thapasiya even offer to help put together a wonderful portfolio.

 Jayaprakash was keenly interested in art right from a very early age and his interest in the same was stoked and encouraged by his uncle who expertly guided him through the basics and intricacies of art. Jayaprakash had  bagged the Regional Academy Award from Lalit Kala Academy for his painting,” Racing Horses” in the year 2001. He is invited very often to conduct exhibitions at Pondicherry, Alliance Francaise and several other places.

 Thapasiya has six to seven art teachers employed in each of its branches. For every four kids at a session, a teacher is assigned. Those who are selected to teach at Thapasiya are compulsorily required to pass a free hand drawing test. Later, Jayaprakash himself trains them rigorously for a period of six months. The art teachers are mostly qualified BFA graduates.(Bachelor of FINE Arts.)

 Recently, Thapasiya had organised the “Fragments of an Artistic Galaxy, 2010 expo which drew rave reviews from the public as well as renowned dignitaries in the city, as well as the media. 

 In the year 2005, on October 1st, children of the Thapasiya School of arts, in association with the Malayali Club of Chennai, painted on a canvas 300 feet x3 feet in two hours – from 3 PM -5PM. Around two hundred children aged 4-15 years took part in the Kerala Darshan theme, show casing the culture of God’s Own country. This easily won Thapasiya and her students the rightful and well deserved place in the Limca Book of World Records.

 Not only does Jayaprakash provide an avenue for pursuing fine arts at leisure for housewives, kids and other art lovers, he also opens wide the doors of opportunity to exhibit and sell their paintings, which not only fetches these young artists and house wives a lucrative income and other opportunities, but also recognition as an artist and innate satisfaction at being able to pursue their talent.

 We wish Jayaprakash loads of success in his noble and creative endeavor. He can be contacted at www.thapasiyaschool.com. E mail id- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Ph- 044-26205371/09444015977.


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