Kerala Mural paintings depict Hindu Gods in the state of Kerala. The paintings go back in time between the 9th and the 12th century. This art form was enjoyed by the royal patronage. The Murals of  Thirunadhikkara Cave Temple and Tiruvanchikulam are considered  the oldest relics of Kerala‘s style of murals.The Circle Community conducted a workshop to introduce the Kerala Mural art with talented artist Priya Satish.

About the artist

Priya Satish is from Bangalore and is a graduate in chemistry. She has been a passionate Bharatnatyam dancer for 21 years. She also loves sketching and is a designer at MixMedia Academy.

The workshop began

The workshop began with an introduction of Priya, who gave an insight into the art form. She drew a fish design with a flower and grass in the backdrop. She started making the border with black colour paint and explained the process of Kerala Mural painting as to how the preparation of the wall takes a lot of days and a lot of layering. There are three steps as it requires a mix of lime, sand and cotton, which is blended in the ratio of 1:2. Once ready the mixture is used to plaster the wall. It takes 25 to 30 washes with lime and tender coconut water for the wall to be ready for mural painting.

She painted the fish with yellow and a tinge of orange, and flowers with pink and explained the colour shade for the grass.

Towards the end of the shop

Priya beautifully painted all the elements of the Kerala Mural. The attendees shared their artworks as there was  positive energy  throughout the workshop and everyone enjoyed creating their piece of art.

The attendees were from different parts of the country, and  belonged to various age groups but their mutual love for art brought them together on one platform. One of the participants named Rojalee Panda showed her Kerala mural to other attendees. The Circle Community successfully connected artists and created magical and positive experiences.

On that note, here’s us signing off until next time!

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