Kerala Temple arts unveiled at Durbar Hall :
Mural paintings as old as 400 years have been brought from temples across Kerala to Durbar Hall Art Centre in Kochi. For the first time, an exhibition on conserved mural paintings will be held for three days at Durbar Hall Art Centre in Kochi. All the paintings on display are registered with the The Archaeological Survey of India.
Some as old as 400 years, these mural paintings have been brought from temples across Kerala for the exhibition, which starts on October 8th. The director of Indian art Gallery, which is organising the show, is renowned mural artist K.K. Warrier, who started his research on preserving mural paintings in temples in 1986.
Most of the mural paintings in temples get destroyed during restoration and new ones are painted onto them.However, artist Warrier tried several methods to preserve the original paintings including the use of chemicals.
Murals from Guruvayoor, Kodungallur, Karivaloor temple in Kannur and many more will be exhibited to the public. Artist Sasi Warrier, son of the renowned artist, says, “The purpose of conducting such an exhibition is to save the traditional and age-old murals, most of which are whitewashed and damaged.”
He pointed out that not all the people are allowed to visit certain temples; so the exhibition will also give everyone a chance to see the conserved mural paintings in the temples.