Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kerala Mural Art

Kerala has an exclusive tradition as its own for it painting. Sculptures and painting of temples here are clear evidences for that. "It mainly depends on the basic gunas laid down by Hindu scriptures — Satva, Rajas and Tamas.Green or blue is usually used for Satvik (pure or divine); Red and yellow for Rajasik (valour, passion, etc); and black for Tamasik (impure, sinful behaviour, etc)," 
Deities depicted in the murals are given colours on the basis of their triple attributes - Sathwikam, Rajasam and Thamasam.

Anantha shayanam - Everything in nature - prince thonnakkal

Mural Painting " Anantha sayanam " from the Artist  Prince Thonnickal at my Home

Prince Thonnickal is one of the emerging talents in contemporary art scenes. He handles mural scheme of painting, which maintains an organic relation with the tradition and still remains modern. Born in 1972 at Thiruvananthapuram, Prince Thonnakkal completed his 5-year National Diploma in Traditional Mural Painting from the Institute of Mural Painting, Guruvayur Devaswom - under the legendary mural artist late Mammiyur Krishnankutty Nair. He then completed 2-year training in visual art practice from Chitrakala Academy, Attingal near Thiruvananthapuram.Prince Thonnakkal has been presenting his works on exhibition at many national and State-level events since 1992. 
                                                                                            Srirama pattabhishekam -prince thonnakkal- everything in nature
                                                            Kothanda Rama
                        Shiva Mural- Everything in nature- prince thonnakkal

prince thonnakkal- Everything In nature

                                                            One of his work 

                                                    Mural Painted Shirt and saree

His works are at Mammiyoor Temple, Kerala- Guruvayur, Padman-abha Swami Temple,kerala- Trivandrum, Kumara-nelloor Devi Temple,- Kottayam;Kerala, Neyattin-kara Krishna Swami Temple,- Trivandrum; Kerala,Kudavachoor Temple,- Vaikkom; kerala,Ooramana Temple,- Piravam; and Sri Madu Sundaranayaki Samayatha Mahaleeswarer Temple, Irumbai, Tamil Nadu.
Ambika pillai - Delhi home- Everything in nature- prince thonnakkal
         Meet the Artist :- Prince Thonnicakal's painting at Ambika pillai's residence, New Delhi

1 comment:

  1. Mural paintings have such a rich history.It is sad that many such paintings which adorned the walls of small temples have been lost to time.It is a good thing that there is a revival of this ancient art.


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