The Sculptors' Camp at Onattukara

Jul 01, 2015 | Vol. 7, Issue 4
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The outcome of the two weeks long sculpture camp named 'Charutha', organized by Lalithakala Academi, Thrissur in December 2014,  are at display since March 2015, in the building compound of Cartoonist Sankar Memorial National Cartoon Museum at Krishnapuram, near Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district.

The artistic creations by ten young sculptors from different parts of Kerala are at display since March 2015, in the building compound of Cartoonist Sankar Memorial National Cartoon Museum at Krishnapuram, near Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district. These sculptures were the outcome of the two weeks long sculpture camp named 'Charutha', organized by Lalithakala Academi, Thrissur in December 2014.

Erected on specially built cement pedestals on the premises of the cartoon museum, these cement sculptures of 10 to 15 ft height were developed on the theme of Onattukara's heritage and some contemporary ideological issues. According to Vaikom M K Shibu, the Secretary of the Academi, the aim of the camp was to promote the creative talents in the field of sculpturing in the State and hence absolute freedom was given to the sculptors in conceptualizing and developing their artistic creation.

All the participants of the camp were Kerala Lalithakala Academi award winners. Sculptor, Subash Viswanathan developed the allegoric sculpture based on the theme related to the cultural heritage of the Ochira temple. Guru Prasad's sculpture named 'Neethi Devatha' is an expression of protest against the injustice towards the humanity. Through the sculpture 'Pythrukathinte Vanyatha' Robert V. J. has tried to explore the changes invigorated in our cultural and heritage space.

While sculptor V. Sathesan depicted the struggle of people trying to come out of the shell through the pearl oyster sculpture, Ajayan V. Kattungal  through h his sculptor portrayed the allegorical  picture of an innocent  child trying to reach the moon. An allegorical sculpture manifesting the varied meanings and connotations of a banyan tree was created by T.R Rajesh.

An abstract portrayal of the Ox, which has become an iconic symbol of Onattukara's cultural heritage was done by Biju C.S through his sculpture named ' Kalanmar'. Artistic piece of expression named 'Mulakkunna Vilakku' was developed by Johnson as a part of the research studies conducted on the different lamps or lanterns used in Kerala. Coconut trees swaying in the wind formed the thematic basis for V.K Jayan' s sculpture. The inseparable association of human beings and Mother Nature was the inspiration for Rajan Ariyalloor's sculpture.  

Location/access: Cartoonist Sankar Memorial National Cartoon Museum is situated at Krishnapuram, about 2km from Kayamkulam in Alappuzha Dt and about 40km from Alappuzha town.

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