His palette au naturel

His mural artwork showcased at the ongoing Kochi Muziris Biennale at Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi is so impressive that even Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan spent a few minutes with the artist, P K Sadanandan.

The artist is one of the leading proponents of Kerala mural art. Sadanandan’s 50-ft wide and 10-¼ ft high piece titled 12 Stories (of the 12 Progeny) tells tales from the Parayi Petta Panthiru Kulam, a Kerala legend about 12 kulams (families born to the Parayi or women of the ‘pariah’ caste).

“Here is one such story of Varaduji, a Brahmin scholar,” says Sadanandan. “On a pilgrimage, he stopped near the banks of the Bharatapuzha river in Kerala, where he saw a house and decided to rest there.” There he came across a beautiful girl and married her. When he came to know she wasn’t a Brahmin but a Parayi, he was expelled from his community................Read more


Source: The New Indian Express

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