Express press service
KOCHI: How about an artist in a white coat painting various sections of human anatomy? A painting competition organized by the Indian Medical Association, Thrissur had many of them bringing anatomical cuts to life on a single canvas — the faces and bodies of their classmates. Anasculpt-2022, a national level competition, was designed by Dr Rose Xaviour, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Government Medical College, Thrissur.
“There are very good artists among the medicos, but they never have the opportunity to show their talents with the brush. So I thought why not give them a scene? So happened Anasculpt,” Rose said. Another thing that prompted her to come up with the idea was the joy she felt after her YouTube channel Life In The Womb Dr Rose crossed a lakh in terms of subscribers. “The channel is purely academic and deals with various topics in anatomy,” said Dr Rose who has a very long association with Government Medical College Thrissur.
“I did my undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Thrissur GMC. Now I am an assistant professor in the department of anatomy,” said the young doctor, who is also an artist. A visit to his home would underline this. “The Life In The Womb Anatomy Club will provide not only students but also faculty from all departments to show off their artistic skills,” she said Anasculpt will be held annually.
The inaugural edition had three sections. “Ecorche (meaning body painting) had 13 teams consisting of three participants each. One of the team members was a model on which the other two created the art – cutaway paintings of the head, neck and upper limbs,” she said. The second section was the Magnum Opus. Here an exhibition of models on any medium, be it clay, cards, canvas or paintings of anatomical parts, took place.
“We have more than 20 teams of two in a group. We have received items from AIIMS, Chennai, Mysore, Hyderabad and Midnapore,” Rose said. The final segment was Expecto Patronum, an anatomical quiz contest. As the name suggests, the theme of the event was Harry Potter. “However, the questions came from the anatomy,” Rose said. The four teams have been named after the four houses of Harry Potter and each tower has also been given names related to the famous film franchise.