Varakoottam, the Travelogue of Colours

Jul 01, 2016
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Varakoottam is an informal group of painters and artists, especially from Malappuram district, who gather every second Saturday of the month at a common place for painting, talks and discussions.

Varakoottam is an informal group of painters and artists, especially from Malappuram district, who gather every second Saturday of the month at a common place for painting, talks and discussions.

Shemim Seagul, promoter of Seagul Art School at Paandikkad, Shaji, art teacher and Art organizer, Aniz Vadakkan, artist and a Hospital Administrator are few among the founding members of the initiative, who started this movement in January 2015.

Mr Shaji says “The initiative was started in January 2015 with the help of a Physician Dr.Siyad from Paandikkad, who sponsored   initial funds required for the one year art camps. After the first year, selected works of all the artists who participated in the camps were displayed in a public exhibition held at Malappuram. By then some cultural organization and youth clubs are also shown interest to host such camps in their locality”.

So far Varakoottam has organized more than 15 camps in places like Nilambur, Paandikkad, Kottakkal, Ponnani, Malappuram etc., all in Malappuram district. “Even though we started it for those in Malappuram district, Artists from other districts like Kozhikode and Palakkad, have participated in many camps and so the camp in May 2015 was conducted at Mukkom, in Kozhikode district. Now, we think of expanding the network gradually to whole of Kerala” says Shemim.

In the initial camps the participants were about 20 and it gradually increased. Now 40-50 artists participate in each camp. Usually, the lunch and art materials for the camp are provided by the sponsoring organization. The participants include professional artist's Art students, school students, employees, professionals, art teachers etc.

For info: Shemim seagull- 9746373797, Shaji- 9745273042

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