Karnataka heritage to adorn the walls of Kannur Airport
Kerala

Karnataka heritage to adorn the walls of Kannur Airport

Kannur, Dec 6: Artistic creations at Kannur International Airport, which is all set for inauguration on December 9, depicting cultural traditions of Malabar and Kannur have now added two more pieces of art, but these represent the cultural heritage of the nearby state of Karnataka.

While one picture represents the Kodagu culture, the other depicts traditional art forms of Karnataka. Now, pictures of the culture and art tradition of the neighbouring state will also adorn the walls of Kannur International Airport, along with those depicting the cultural heritage of Kerala, especially the North Malabar region.

The airport authorities decided to give Karnataka a due consideration, especially Kodagu because of its proximity to the airport, though it is geographically part of another state. Virajpet in south Kodagu is just 58 km away from the airport while Madikeri, the headquarters of Kodagu district is around 90 km away.

The metal art work on Kodagu was prepared by the artists of Charu Art Gallery, a Mysuru-based art consultancy. In the picture, a woman clad in traditional Kodagu attire holds a cup of coffee while a man holds a gun and wears a dagger. The background of the picture features coffee beans and the frame also includes birds and elephants.

"The coffee mug in the hands of the woman, dagger and gun in the hands of the man, and coffee beans in the background symbolize the 'Kodava' culture. The birds and elephants represent the wildlife of the region. The picture is finished in mild steel. This picture has been approved for display by the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka", said Bheemesh A N, managing partner of Charu Art Gallery.

The second art work is a big picture of Yakshagana, the traditional theatre art form of Karnataka. The picture in a frame of 9 metre height and 6 metre width, is a creation by a team of mural artists led by well-known mural painter K R Babu.

"The picture is drawn in mural style using traditional colours such as Indian red, yellow ochre and Sap Green. Black and blue are also used in this picture. Perhaps, it is the first time that a picture of Yakshagana, that too in huge size, is drawn in the traditional mural style of Kerala", said K R Babu, former Head of the Department of Mural Painting, Malayala Kala Gramam, Mahe. (UNI)