These Walls are meant for Murals

Apr 01, 2012 | Vol. 4, Issue 2
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Dhyanasankalpam, an open studio for murals at Mankave, in Kozhikode (Kerala, India) has launched a social enterprise and social responsible project titled “These walls are meant for Murals”. The student volunteers of any age, gender, class, caste or religion, who have talent and interest in community painting, can get involved in the community mural painting. As part of this project, painting on the wall of the entrance to Trissala Bhagavathi temple complex, Mankave Palace, in Kozhikode has already been started. Mural artist Sasi Edavarad is heading the project.

Dhyanasankalpam, an open studio for murals at Mankave, in Kozhikode (Kerala, India) has launched a social enterprise and social responsible project titled “These walls are meant for Murals”. The motive behind this project is the fact that the wall spaces for the muralist are shrinking. The Temples and Public buildings are now being rampantly clad with gold, copper or Aluminum. In the digital era, the mural artists find it   difficult to establish their identity.  More over the awareness about the aesthetics of Indian painting tradition as well as the importance of Guru- Sishya parampara (Teacher-Student tradition) are not familiar to the public or artists. 

“The project aims to sensitise the community to 'Indian outlook' towards aesthetics and poetics through the medium of mural painting. The project also seeks to facilitate exchange of ideas and knowledge between Mural Painters and will act as a catalyst towards achieving the objective of uniting Muralists. It will also foster the traditional Guru-Shishya parampara”, said Artist Sasi Edavarad, the project head.

The artists at Dhyanasankalpam visit schools, to conduct lecture-demonstrations on Traditional Mural Painting and involve student -volunteers to undertake Community Mural Painting at schools and other public places on a scale across the country that will lead to a revival of Traditional Indian Painting. The student volunteers of any age, gender, class, caste or religion, who have talent and interest in community painting, can get involved in the community mural painting and will gradually, get trained in the various aspects and techniques of mural painting.

As part of this project, a 24 sq ft (6 feet ht and 4 feet) wide mural on in acrylic, on the right side wall of the entrance to Trissala Bhagavathi Temple Complex, Mankave Palace, in Kozhikode has already been started and to be completed by the end of May. Noted writer Devdutt Pattanaik and Westland Publishers Chennai, have extended their support to this project at Thrissala Temple Complex.

The preliminary work, preparing the walls, drawing sketches etc  is being organised  for another project of eight panels of mural (6 sq ft each), plus pillars and borders on the outer walls of sanctorum of Sree Krishna Temple in the same temple complex. 

Sasi Edavarad, Chief Mural Artist at Dhyanasankalpam Open Studio is heading the projects. The artists come every Sunday between 10am and 1pm and also as and when they get spare time.  Dhyana sankalpam is an open studio and it expects and invites artists and art lovers to come here and spent some time with the volunteering artists and students to discuss techniques, stories and experiences etc.

For info/visit:

Dhyanasankalpam Open Studio,
Mankave, Kozhikode

Sasi Edavarad, Mob: +91- 8891721099,
Harikumar-Mob: +91- 8891834449

www.dhyanasankalpam.com

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