Manipal gets a new art gallery1 min read
The gallery offers viewers a glimpse of 70-80 paintings of varied types like acrylic, oil based, water colour paintings and some drawn only from a simple ball point pen. Commenting on what prompted him to come up with the gallery, Rao said, “I believe in openness, interaction and exchange of ideas. I feel there is a gap between artists and the society. I want to use the gallery as a link to bridge the gap.” The prices of the paintings range from Rs. 14,000 to few lakhs.
The inauguration was organised by the Udupi Art Foundation whose CEO, Kevin Morrison D’mello, explained the idea behind christening the art gallery. He said, “Like coconut is a very important ingredient in our food here in south India, similarly, olive is in Europe. So, we named it ‘Olive’ with the idea of connecting national and international level artists through this art gallery.”
Among the people who were present to lend support was a representative of the Sode Math who inaugurated the gallery by lighting the traditional lamp. Dr. Vinod V. Thomas, Director, Manipal Institute of Technology who was also present said, “Every person on this earth is creative. A lot of young people stay in Udupi and I feel it is our responsibility towards the society to nurture their seeds of passion towards art. Hopefully, Mr. Vasanth Rao’s initiative will open doors to provide that opportunity. I wish him all the best.”
Sub-edited by: Shiv Nair