New Year Goals - Become a Patron of the Arts! by Aditi Nayar

Wishing all you Museum-Lovers out there a year filled with wonder!

What better way to bring in the new year than this :

we got ourselves a beautiful new nameboard!

It’s out there and it’s calling you to come visit!

It’s out there and it’s calling you to come visit!

On your next visit to the Kerala Museum, do also check out our Donor-Patrons tree.

You can get your name etched on it too!

Get in touch with us to know more about our Silver, Gold and Platinum Patron Schemes -

Write to info@keralamuseum.org or call +91 8129051880

Patrons of the Kerala Museum of the Madhavan Nayar Foundation experience the joy of giving and satisfaction of seeing their contribution benefit many.

We express our thanks to our patrons this year, Mr.Sam Santhosh and Lucas TVS.

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Leave a legacy for the future

Become a patron of the Kerala Museum

Deśaj - SNA Folk and Tribal Arts Festival at the Museum Amphitheatre by Aditi Nayar

At the top of the Museum hill lies nestled a most beautiful Open Air Amphitheatre, that for 3 evenings, became the venue for a brilliant display of the folk and tribal forms of our country.

Designed by architects Raj and Arundhaty Nayar, the stage has received appreciation from none other than Smt Leela Samson for its size, proportions and viewing angle. It has seen numerous classical and contemporary artists perform at the Museum’s own annual flagship event Museum Fest.

The Chenda team of Kalamandalam Ratheesh Bhas and Group from Shoranur opened the Deśaj Festival at the feet of the statue of Parasurama in front of the History Museum

The Chenda team of Kalamandalam Ratheesh Bhas and Group from Shoranur opened the Deśaj Festival at the feet of the statue of Parasurama in front of the History Museum

The month of December was a special one at the Kerala Museum.

The Deśaj Festival in its 18th edition at Kochi, organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and its constituent unit Kutiyattam Kendra Thiruvananthapuram, hosted 7 folk performances on each day, the 20th, 21st and 22nd of December 2018.

A rare opportunity to experience the energy of the folk performers, with their resounding drums, live music and feats of bravery, the amphitheatre was packed to the brim every evening with Kochiites showing up in good numbers to enjoy the show.

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Curated and executed with perfection, the elegant and minimal stage and set were designed by award winning lighting designer Sreekanth Nair whose work is par excellence.

The show was presented by RJ Karthik.

For more on each dance form and to watch clips of the performances showcased at Deśaj Kochi 2018 check out our Instagram feed @keralamuseum

Tempera and Gold Leaf Workshop by Aditi Nayar

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Tempera and Gold-Leafing Workshop

With Arvin Ombika at Kerala Museum

Tempering pigment paints with specific binders like gum arabic, animal skin glue, casein and egg yolk were some of the traditional methods of producing tempera works.  Egg tempera is artist Arvin’s focus. At the Tempera and Gold Leafing workshop, he shared the basics this particular technique. It is well known to have been widely used in the Medieval European Art, throughout the Middle Ages as well as part of the Renaissance period.

You can see more of artist Arvin’s work at his website www.arvinombika.com

Tempera allows for some fine brush strokes as each layer of paint (egg yolk and pigment mix), dries very quickly

Tempera allows for some fine brush strokes as each layer of paint (egg yolk and pigment mix), dries very quickly

Arvin began with a little historical background and plunged right in to the technique of separating yolks from whites and mixing pigment on palettes. The first day was spent practising the strokes, layers and cross hatching work that goes into building up the tempera surface.

Here’s our youngest participant laying foil on a world map she painted in tempera

Here’s our youngest participant laying foil on a world map she painted in tempera

Coupled with the egg tempera, participants also discovered the exciting and extremely delicate technique of gold leafing, many examples which can probably be seen in Christian Icon paintings.  

The intensive two day workshop saw some extremely focused work by our 7 participants who worked quickly to pick up the basics on the first day and plan for execution of their final idea on Day 2.

A happy group of 7 who really pushed the limits with their brush work and conceptual skills. It was absolutely amazing to watch each one produce completed pieces to carry home with them.

A happy group of 7 who really pushed the limits with their brush work and conceptual skills. It was absolutely amazing to watch each one produce completed pieces to carry home with them.


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