Painting of river animals and fauna
River of Life by Leeza John

The Karamana River flows through Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, often choked by the overcrowding water hyacinths and other aquatic plants. They engulf the surface of the river entirely, causing it to appear still and lifeless. But when a beautiful bird effortlessly glides over this green landscape, everything comes to life and it is a soothing sight to behold. Be it the Indian cormorant who dives underwater to catch fish, the egret that accompanies the grazing cattle, or the flavourful karimeen fish swimming under it all, they all are undoubtedly the life of the river. The river is theirs as much as it is ours.

This artwork aims to celebrate the existence of these commonly spotted animals along the Karamana River, especially those whose presence we often tend to overlook.

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