BHAGAVAD MURALS, a group of 35 female artists ,is conducting an exhibition ‘MURAL MAHABHARATAM’ on 26 to 31 January 2018 at Bhagyamala Auditorium, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Palayam, Thiruvananthapuram, from 10 am to 7 pm.
This exhibition endeavours to depict the entire Mahabharatam in 112 mural paintings. They are of the size 38″x29″ and done on canvas in the acrylic medium. 39 of these paintings are on the Bhagavad Gita.
The inaugural session will be held on 25 January 2018 at 4pm.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by H.H. PRINCESS ASWATHY THIRUNAL GOURI LAKSHMI BAYI.
Smt. J. LALITHAMBIKA,IAS, will release the book ‘MURAL MAHABHARATAM’, comprising photographs of the 112 mural paintings on exhibition.
Sri SAJU THURUTHIL,Asst. Professor and Head, Dept. of Mural Arts, Sri Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Sri NEMOM PUSHPARAJ,Chairman,Kerala Lalithakala Academy,andSri Dr.A R .THAMPAN,Former Director, State Institute of Languages ,Kerala will be honouring us with their presence on this occasion.
These paintings are done by 35 female artists between the ages of 35 to 75 years,all students of Sri Prince Thonnakkal, who is a renowned mural artist. This massive effort took 3 years to complete(2014-2017). These artists ,located in Tvm,Chennai,Kollam and N.Delhi,include well known artistes,scientist,teachers,media persons,fashion designers,entrepreneurs,art curators and socially active personalities.
This exhibition is the latest in a chain of exhibitions conducted by BHAGAVAD MURALS. Previously ,it organised MURAL RAMAYAN of 33 mural paintings in 2009 and MURAL GANESHA of 34 paintings in 2013.
Mural paintings are done mainly on Gods and Goddesses in five colours-red ,green,yellow,blue and black.These paintings,found usually on the walls of temples and palaces,had its golden period between the late 17th Century to the early years of the 18th Century.The revival and promotion of this system of painting is being done by the Institute of Mural Painting run by the Guruvayoor Devaswam since1989.Sri Prince Thonnakkal, the master artist behind this venture,is a student of this Institute and trained under the famous artist Sri Mammiyoor KrishnanKutty Nair ,the first Principal of the Institute of Mural Painting.
This exhibition is a part of a live movement to revive a once dying artform and to make it accessible to one and all. The book ‘MURAL MAHABHARATAM’ is designed in such a way that it gains acceptance among the young and the old.It is expected to be an asset to every library.
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