Mysore/Mysore: The four days at the state level Kaavikale Workshop organized as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, by ABVP’s Art Matters and Mysuru Unit in association with Mysore University (UoM) was inaugurated at Vignan Bhavan in Manasagangothri on August 25th.
Artist and senior photojournalist SM Jambukeshwara inaugurated the workshop in a unique way by pouring seven colors (Elu Varna) into a pot of mud.
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 and also known as ‘Bitti Chitra’ or ‘Sampradayika Kale’. (traditional art). The art is specially used to draw images of gods using brown color or brick red color. It can be seen mainly in Maharashtra, Goa and other coastal areas, he said.
“In the modernization world, Kaavikale is rarely used and hard to find. This art is almost on the verge of extinction. Organizing these kind of workshops gives a kind of hope to revive it,” he said.
The President of Karnataka Sahitya Academy, Dr. BV Vasanth Kumar, who chaired the event, emphasized the need to encourage and preserve tribal, folk and community arts.
“These arts are the basis of all culture and tradition. Art and literature develop by seeing society. Art, the creation of a man is a continuous process that has no end. Under the influence of western culture, people forget the importance of Indian culture and become ashamed of it. Everything in our country has an element of spirituality. Art, artists and art criticism must go hand in hand,” he said.
Principal of Sree Kalanikethana School of Art, KC Mahadevashetty said, “Among the different types of art, tribal, folk and Kaavikale arts are most valuable. Kaavikale is done using the color of mud which is called the ‘Earth color base’. Art helps the growth of religion; likewise religion aids in the growth of art. It is a reverse process which is the same when it comes to any religion.
About 100 members have registered for the workshop which will be held until August 28 at the same location. Dr. Vittala Reddy Chulaki, professor at Sree Kalanikethana School of Art, will be the resource person. The workshop also includes theoretical and practical sessions.
Art Matters, Karnataka Regional Coordinator C. Chandrashekar, ABVP Unit Manager Mysuru Shivu and others were present on the occasion.