BOOK: Kalamezhuth-Ritual Art Practice of Kerala published by Kerala Lalithakala Akademi

Apr 01, 2014 | Vol 6, Issue 2
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The popular belief is that Kerala does not have any indigenous painting tradition of its own. Even though there are records available on Mural tradition, we do not have sufficient documents on Kalamezhuthu. As an art form Kalamezhuth has never ventured out into the secular space of the society.

Editor: Sathyapal
First Published: 2011
Rs.8000/-; Pages: 832 (A4 size)
Published by: Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, Thrissur-20, Kerala; www.lalithkala.org

The popular belief is that Kerala does not have any indigenous painting tradition of its own. Even though there are records available on Mural tradition, we do not have sufficient documents on Kalamezhuthu. As an art form Kalamezhuth has never ventured out into the secular space of the society.

Kerala Lalithakala Akademi endeavors to publish this book with an objective to preserve this important art, based on traditional knowledge for posterity. Drawing is not the only art associated with Kalamezhuth. Kalamezhuth is in fact an art of installation combining music, dance, painting, drama and magic. Kalams (ritual drawings) mentioned in this book have been identified and documented in the Kalamezhuth Festival organised by the Akademi in two phases. In the 45 day long Kalamezhuth Festival, 498 artists participated and 56 ritual arts were staged.  140 kalams and 33 Kolams were created. This book also includes studies from the many and varied perceptions and analyzing Kalamezhuth and photographs of various rituals and Kalams. This book will help studies in the field of history of painting of Kerala as it sheds light on the practice and history of Kalamezhuth,the ritual art form of Kerala.

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