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Kozhikode is ‘Shilpa Nagaram'

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Chandy unveils ‘Remembrance,' a sculpture by Advaita Gadanayak

Adding yet another feather to the cap of the City of Truth, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, on Thursday, declared Kozhikode ‘Shilpa Nagaram,' or City of Sculptures, by unveiling ‘Remembrance,' a 36-ft-long and 7-ft-tall sculpture made by Advaita Gadanayak from Odisha.

The Shilpa Nagaram project, initiated by the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi in association with the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), would witness the installation of 12 sculptures, made by 12 prominent sculptors, in select locations of the city.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Chandy said the project brought a rare honour to the city through the efforts of 12 eminent sculptors who came here from various parts of the country. “Their work of art will certainly give us new insights and visions, though it may take sometime for us to completely understand the message behind each sculpture,” he observed.

Mr. Chandy said the sculptures crafted under the project would communicate a novel message to the State and to the nation. He also lauded the efforts taken by the Lalithakala Akademi and the DTPC to complete the undertaking.

In his presidential address, Minister for Culture K.C. Joseph said the Akademi brought laurels to the State by introducing several innovative ideas such as the Shilpa Nagaram project for fostering the art and culture of the State.

“Though our raw minds may take time to appreciate these great works of art, it is definite that they will showcase our cultural entity for the world and to the upcoming generation,” he added.

Addressing the gathering, Minister for Panchayats and Social Welfare M.K. Muneer said initiatives to promote art and culture in the State would soon make great strides with the latest directive of the State government to open grama panchayat-level art galleries.

“The venture will give our art lovers an opportunity to appreciate art in their own areas and to also own interesting works,” he added

Introducing the project for the city, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi chairman K.A. Francis said the sculptures crafted under the Shilpa Nagaram project would give a thrust to the domestic tourism industry. “It is a first of its kind initiative in India,” he added.

M.K. Raghavan, MP, District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi secretary Sreemoolanagaram Mohan, and the sculptors who worked behind the initiative were present at the function. The installation of sculptures will be completed by June 20.

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