Exhibition and sale of Ganesha paintings and sculptures2 min read
Manipal: A six day exhibition of Ganesha paintings and clay sculptures was organised by Vrukshakala, Udupi at The Gallery from September 18-23.
The event, which was organised to coincide with the Ganesh Chathurthi festival, attracted a large number of art lovers. Almost 30 paintings and 20 clay sculptures were exhibited and are the works of three artists- Venki Palimar, Ravi Hirebettu and Srinath Manipal.
The first day of the event was inaugurated by Sri Gunavantheshwar Bhat, Master Craft Person from C. E. Kamath Institute for Artisans, Miyar, Karkala. The exhibition showcased various artefacts of Lord Ganesha in the acrylic form, on canvas and Kavi paintings and also in the form of clay sculptures.
Kavi art is intricate art on murals promoted by the Konkani community (Saraswaths) in the coastal belt stretching from Goa to Karnataka. They are special as they are made using Indian Red, which is a colour made up of ‘Urimanju’ and the paintings have to be inscribed with a nail. The paintings narrate the mythological stories related to Lord Ganesha.
“Kavi art is rare and unique, especially in a small place like Manipal. All the paintings have come out nicely and the people who came to see were impressed with the work,” said Sandhya Kamath who bought a painting on behalf of Abharan Jewellers located in Udupi.
When artist Srinath Manipal was asked as to why he had chosen to depict Lord Ganesha specifically, he said, “Ganesha is a god who has a lot of artistic and religious significance for me. It is every artist’s dream to experiment with Ganesha in their works of art. Also, as the Ganesh Chathurthi festival was nearing, it seemed like a perfect time.”
The Gallery has just recently opened in Manipal on the End Point Road and this was the first exhibition they had held. Narendra Nayak, the owner of the gallery and representative of Vrukshakala said, “The exhibition was received well, and it has definitely helped increase the number of people who come here to see and purchase the paintings.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman