T. Chowdiah National Award and other awards presented
BANGALORE: Emphasising that traditional Indian art forms are inter-related or inter-dependent, Kannada writer S.L. Bhyrappa has said that the erotic sculptures on the outer walls of temples and the idols of gods and goddesses in the sanctum sanctorum have their own mundane and spiritual values to convey.
He was speaking at the presentation of the prestigious T. Chowdiah National Award and Sri Kanakapurandara, Gubbi Veeranna, Varnashilpi Ventakappa, Janapada Shri Shanthala Natya, Jakanachari, Santha Shishunala Shariefa and Dhanachintamani State awards for the year 2008 here on Wednesday.
The awards were presented to A.K.C. Natararajan and N. Chokkamma, H.T. Urs, M.V. Patil, Siddappa Meti, K.M. Raman, R. Veerabhadrachar and Vjaya Dabbe respectively. While, the T. Chowdiah Award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh, the other awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh, a citation, memento, shawl each.
Mr. Bhyrappa said that visualising gods and goddesses in human form with reverence had been a value practised by common people of this country.
It was a matter of artistic and spiritual discretion that the values associated with the gods and goddesses were not profaned by depicting or sculpting in erotic fashion, he said.
A section of the media had been commenting that the “banishment” of the renowned artist M.F. Husain was a “national shame”. But how many of Mr. Husain's paintings had reflected his views on the religion he belonged to had remained to be clarified, he said.
Minister for Transport R. Ashok, who presided over the function, read out a prepared speech of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa. Secretary, Kannada and Culture, B.R. Jayaramaraje Urs, welcomed the gathering. Direactor Kannada and Culture Manu Baligar proposed the vote of thanks.