Monday, December 04, 2017

Mural on popular myth moves from Aspinwall to airport

Kochi: A large mural on ‘Parayi Petta Panthirukulam’, Kerala’s most popular myth on the birth of 12 clans from a subaltern woman, done by artist P.K. Sadanandan in the last edition of the Kochi Muziris Biennale, will now treat visitors of Cochin International Airport’s new T3 terminal to the brilliance of Kerala’s mythological past.

A myth that overturns caste hierarchies, ‘Parayi Petta Panthirukulam’ simply demonstrates that everyone came from the same mother. Mr. Sadanandan created the mural at Aspinwall House using natural dyes extracted from stones, leaf oils and tree sap through the three months of the Biennale with the support of his team and the work turned out to be a huge draw.

A media note said top government and CIAL officials had expressed the desire to find the 15m x 3m mural a home at the newly-constructed Terminal-3 at the airport at the time of the Biennale itself. Among the champions of the idea were Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, former minister M.A. Baby and K.V. Thomas, MP, it said.

“After the Biennale, we had meetings with V.J. Kurien, managing director of CIAL, and other officials to complete the formalities to install the mural in T3. We facilitated their talks with the artist and offered logistical support for the installation,” said Bose Krishnamachari, the president of the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF).

“CIAL is the fourth busiest airport in the country and a masterpiece such as this deserves to be installed here, as it conveys the idea of secularism and speaks strongly against caste-based discrimination,” he added.
05/12/17 The Hindu

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