The ambitious Mural City Project being taken up by the Kerala Lalithakala Akademy at Kottayam with the objective of turning the place into a city of pictures, will get formally under way here on Friday with the programme Panchavarnam 2013, denoting the commencement of the preparation of natural colours to be used in the murals.

“The programme has been organised at the grounds of Sreemahadevar Temple, Thirunakkara. Black colour will be prepared on day one,” said K.A. Francis, Chairman, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi. The other four natural colours used in the five-colour scheme of mural painting, will be prepared in the following days. Black colour will be prepared in the traditional manner using the soot from 50 oil lamps collected on earthenware. Union Home Minister and local MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan will inaugurate the programme.

“The project would get executed from May 13. We propose to complete it within 12 days and hand over the spots to the Municipal authorities for the upkeep,” Mr Francis said.

A twelve-day international mural painting camp in which artists from India and across the world, including Tibet, France, Nepal, Mexico, Italy, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the U.S., China and Japan, will participate. Most of these countries have a common mural heritage. Seminars and exhibitions would also be held as part of the programme.

The camp will host 85 senior painters from Kerala, other States and abroad, Mr. Francis said. “We have identified 15 public places in the town for the artists’ get-together and showcase their creativity on the walls specially designed for the purpose,” he said. In keeping with the mural tradition, only natural colours will be used for the painting, he added.The public places selected include Gopuram of Thirunakkara Mahadevar temple, Thiruvarpu Sreekrishna Swamy temple, the wall of Thirunakkara Municipal Grounds, the Cheriyappally, Kurisupalli, Mammen Mappillai Hall, Kottayam Public Library, Civil Station, district panchayat office, Kottayam railway station, CMS College and Kottayam Government Medical College.Altogether 300 artists will participate in the project. Besides, 200 art students selected from art schools across the country are expected to be part of the Rs. 1.5 crore project.

The Mural City Project to turn Kottayam into a city of pictures.