Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Traditionally, ‘Pradoshanrittam’ of Lord Siva is said to be a predominant theme for mural art in Kerala’s temple walls and the one at the Ettumanoor Siva temple is believed to be the largest of its kind in the State.

Now, there could be competition. An ‘even bigger’ mural with the same theme (Lord Siva performing the auspicious dance, bringing death to the reviled ‘asura’ named ‘Mulayakan’ on the day of ‘Pradosha’) has been completed on the wall of the Malabar’s famous cultural institution, Pookkad Kalalayam, in Chemanchery, near here by mural art expert Satheesh Thayattu.

The image of the dancing Siva, spreading his 16 hands, is 10 feet tall and eight feet wide.

“This may be the largest mural with Pradoshanrittam as its theme,” said Satheesh, who completed a five-year course in mural arts from the School for Traditional Art under the Guruvayur Devaswom Board. He had done several works in the medium across the State. “This work took three months. Twenty of my wards helped,” Satheesh said.

Unlike in the traditional murals, this is has been rendered in acrylic colours and “not in natural colours.” According to Satheesh doing murals in natural colours is not viable as it takes “long time to complete.” Also, such colours are hardly available these days, he added.

“People have already started thronging the venue attracted by the grandeur of the work,” said Sivadasan, the office secretary at the Kalalayam.

The illumination ceremony of the work ‘Netronmeelana Chadangu’ will be performed by Satheesh’s guru K.U. Krishnakumar on October 5 at the venue.

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