Thiruvananthapuram: Shashi Tharoor, MP, has called upon the government for urgent measures to protect the paintings exhibited in the Sri Chithra Art Gallery here. In a press note issued here after a visit to the art gallery, Mr. Tharoor said the Ravi Varma paintings in the gallery were an invaluable part of Keralas rich heritage. He said they were exhibited without adequate protection. �Visitors to the gallery can easily touch the paintings. Some of the works have been damaged by exposure to human hands. It is fortunate that the paintings have escaped major vandalism. I have never seen paintings or art forms being treated in such a casual manner in any other country.
Mr. Tharoor said the paintings had to be preserved in air conditioned rooms. He observed that the plight of the Ravi Varma paintings was in sharp contrast to the security given to the sword of Velu Thampi Dalawa kept in the Napier Museum, hardly 50 metres away.