Murals on outer walls of Guruvayur temple

Jul 01, 2017 | Vol 09 | Issue 04
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The outer walls of the Sreekrishna temple complex at Guruvayur in Thrissur district will be adorned with traditional Kerala murals. To begin with, a portion of the wall on the eastern Gopuram and southern side are to be painted with themes from the stories of lord Krishna.

The outer walls of the Sreekrishna temple complex at Guruvayur in Thrissur district will be adorned with traditional Kerala murals. To begin with, a portion of the wall on the eastern Gopuram and southern side are to be painted with themes from the stories of lord Krishna. The initiative was taken by the temple authorities and implemented by Mural Painting Institute at Guruvayur. According to Nalin Babu, mural artist and the senior instructor at the institute, this project envisages creating a public gallery of murals where travelers and people irrespective of religion can visit and understand the traditional murals of Kerala.

A total of about 100 ft length with a height of five feet is being utilized for phase one of this project. And each panel will be ranging from 2ft to 8ft. The themes, scenes from the mythology of Lord Krishna are depicted in panels of 2ft to 7ft length, using synthetic colors. The titles are Rugmini Swayamvaram, Venugopalam, Avahanthi, Radha Madhavam, Krishna Leela, Vana Bhojanam, Anantha Sayanam, Parthasarathi, etc.

The artists participating in this project are Sooraj Raj, Sudarshan, Karthik, Vishnu Mohan, Athira, Padmapriya, all fourth year students of the institute. Apart from them, Institute is also giving opportunities to the students who have completed the course- Vishnu Sreedhar, Raghuram, Shivan, Devan, Santhosh, Vijith and Siji. K U Krishnakumar, the head of the Institute and Nalin Babu are heading this project.

Chumar Chithra Padana Kendram, Institute of Mural Painting at Gutuvayur was established in 1989 and providing five year National Diploma course in Mural painting.

The first phase of the project   work on murals started in the first week of May 2017 and is expected to be completed by July end.

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