"Knowledge about colour mixing and a unique thinking was the most essential thing in coconut art" said Orissa-based artist Dibakar Maharana

A new art form “coconut art” was taught and the intricacy of the art was explained by renowned Orissa-based artist Dibakar Maharana to city kids on Friday.

At a programme organised by the Spoorthi Creative Art School the artist explained to the students on how to handle a coconut properly and practically showed the students how to make coconut art by making a few on his own converting them into festivals, country leaders, freedom fighters etc.

He advised the students to practice beforehand on paper the art they want to recreate on coconut to attain perfection. He said that knowledge about colour mixing and a unique thinking was the most essential thing in coconut art.

The school director G. Srinivas said that kids needed new things to keep their interest in a subject. It was time to bid goodbye to the age old techniques and give way to such new art forms like coconut art, he opined. He promised to keep conducting such innovative art programmes for free in the city to make art more prominent.

He announced that in view of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations, an art competition will be conducted for students on the topic “Mother India” on August 12. He added that the participants in this competition will have to do all their art work on coconuts exclusively. The school Principal G. Sneha, young artists Nadia, Kiran, Sruthi, Kavya, Majusha and Pranavi participated in this programme.

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