Akkitham Narayanan blends the ancient with the modern, European and Indian to produce works of art of immense spiritual power and depth, laced with sensuality. His use of geometric patterns, the colors, the use of stained glass and the mural and fresco techniques, betray the influence of his long stay in Paris; whereas the presence of Tantric (mystic) symbols such as the serpent and the triangle reveal his origins in Kerala in South. A Diploma in painting from the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Madras was followed by a stint of four years at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris on a Government scholarship. Narayanan’s works have been exhibited in India and abroad. He is a three-time winner of the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award. He also received the IV International Festival of Painting Award, in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. His works can be seen in the collections of many eminent persons in India and abroad.