A small crowd had gathered near Marine Drive on Thursday evening shouting ‘Lalettan ki jai .’ The reason for their enthusiasm – they were in the presence of actor Mohanlal.

The actor arrived at Menaka junction around 6.15 p.m. to present a brand new white Tata Nano car to artist Bose Krishnamachari. The artist, who is co-curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, will paint the car and auction it to raise funds for the art event.

While handing over the car, Mohanlal promised he would soon make a visit to the venues of the biennale. Soon after the actor scripted his signature on the four-wheeler, Mr. Krishnamachari added the first strokes of colour to what will become an ‘art car.’ The car, donated by Coffee Beanz, Kochi, and La Gallery 360, Thiruvananthapuram, will be moved to Aspinwall House. Mr. Krishnamachari will paint on it as part of his recent series ‘Stretched Bodies.’ After being displayed for a few days, the car will be auctioned on March 13, the concluding day of the biennale. Singers Vaikom Vijayalakshmi and Sriram also lent a musical backdrop to the evening with a performance of their hit song ‘Katte katte’ from the new film Celluloid. Speaking on the occasion, film director T.K. Rajeev Kumar said the function was organised on the roadside given the biennale’s aim to make art accessible to the common man. The programme, however, gave a tough time for the policemen who were trying to manage traffic and crowds along the busy route.

The car will be auctioned to raise funds for the

Kochi biennale.