“Painting, portraits, photography” – Kodava’s art exhibited at the Aadipaaya exhibition
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Karnataka Chitrakala Parish in Bangalore recently hosted an exhibition titled Adipaya (“foundation” in the Kodava language), with a spotlight on the regional art of Kodagu or Coorg.
It included painting, portraits, photography, sculpture and textiles (see Part I of our coverage here). There was also a long live art performance by a Bengaluru based art facilitator and performance artist Monica Nanjunda.
“Financially for many, the pandemic has been a bad time,” says the award-winning artist-curator Smitha Cariappa, II discuss with Your story.
At the same time, the artists involved in the studio practice worked consistently across a large body of work. “Some have experimented and done interdisciplinary work,” she adds.
“The restrictions also gave us plenty of time to contemplate and look at the nature around, study in particular the natural light in our living spaces. For others, it was even a luxury to work with continuous silence in their own space,” she adds.
Art, education, awareness
“As in the rest of India, art in Kodagu is not yet considered a major subject in the school curriculum. Visual art has yet to emphasize academic and career guidance,” observes Smitha.
“Awareness of the fine arts should extend beyond cosmopolitan cities, and it should extend beyond hobbies and skills,” she advises.
“With a regional art school and the teaching of art in schools, the approach to art will change,” she suggests.
“I hope this exhibition will bridge the gap between artist and audience, and make the visual arts more popular as a profession and career among Kodavas living in and outside Kodagu,” says Smitha.
She hopes this platform will be expanded to include future artists. possibilities and explorations through workshops, conferences, exchanges and interventions.
“Please relax and visit the galleries – without baggage or presumptions, and enjoy the works of art,” concludes Smith, as advice to the audience.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to apply your creativity?
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