Mysore/Mysuru: The four-day state level Kaavikale workshop organized as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, by ABVP’s Art Matters and Mysuru Department in collaboration with the University of Mysore (UoM), was inaugurated on August 25th at Vignan Bhavan in Manasagangothri.
Artist and senior photojournalist SM Jambukeshwara uniquely opened the workshop by pouring seven colors (Elu Varna) into a mud pot.
In his inaugural address, Jambukeshwara said that Kaavikale is an ancient and unique art form found on the walls of temples, churches and ancient buildings, also known as “Bitti Chitra” or “Sampradayika Kale” (traditional art). The art is specifically used to draw images of gods with brown or brick red color. It is mainly seen in Maharashtra, Goa and other coastal areas, he said.
“In the world of modernization, Kaavikale is rarely used and difficult to find. This art is almost on the verge of extinction. Organizing these kinds of workshops gives a kind of hope to bring them back to life,” he said.
The Chairman of Karnataka Sahitya Academy, Dr. BV Vasanth Kumar, who chaired the event, emphasized the need to promote and preserve tribal, folk and community art.
“These arts are the root basis of all culture and tradition. Art and literature are developed through seeing society. Art, the creation of a human being is a continuous process that has no end. With the influence of western culture, people forget and feel ashamed of the importance of Indian culture. Everything and everyone in our country has an element of spirituality. Art, artists and art criticism must go hand in hand,” he said.
The Principal of Sree Kalanikethana School of Art, KC Mahadevashetty said: “Of the different types of art, tribal, folk and Kaavikale art have more value. Kaavikale is made with the color of the mud, called “Earth Color Base”. art helps religion grow; Likewise, religion helps in the growth of art. It is a reverse process that is the same for every religion.”
About 100 members have registered for the workshop, which will take place at the same location until August 28th. professor dr Vittala Reddy Chulaki from the Sree Kalanikethana School of Art will act as contact person. The workshop also includes theory and practice units.
Art Matters, Karnataka Regional Coordinator C. Chandrashekar, ABVP Mysuru Unit Convener Shivu and others were present on the occasion.