Wash Workshop by Aditi Nayar

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Happy Sunday!

An overwhelming response to the Wash Techniques Workshop - our cup runneth over!

Originating from China, then introduced in Korea and Japan, the Wash Technique of painting involves using a lot of water and very little pigment to paint on an absorbent surface. It was first explored by the Bengal School of artists who were desired to create a Pan-Asian style. Some well-known artists who painted with this technique are Nandalal Bose and Abanidranath Tagore, amongst others, who moulded the Japanese wash style to the Indian context.

Artist Santanu, explores the wash technique in a more creative aspect, where instead of the outlined drawings, the wash itself, guides the artist to develop his own imagery, often inspires a folkloric style, reminiscent of the Bengal folk art.  

With a total of 40 participants for this half day workshop, some very interesting work emerged. Using natural colours like coffee, tea and natural pigments for the basic wash and letting the resulting image guide further explorations with ink, our participants let their creative minds wander, each one creating artwork in their very own style.

In the second half of the workshop, artist Arvin Ombika taught participants the magical technique of printing repelled oil paint on water, also called Marbling.

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Wash and Marbling

What an exciting way to spend the weekend!

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Music of Santiniketan by Aditi Nayar

An enlightening evening of music with Dr. Santana Dutta, tracing the evolution of Rabindra Sangeet from its roots in Bengali folk music and Brahmho Sangeet to the present day. What was Santiniketan before it became Santiniketan, before ViswaBharati and Tagore? 

The music of Tagore took the music that preceded it and gave it structure, gave it a framework and prescribed ways in which it must be taught and performed. The sheer volume of work makes it monumental. The fact that there is a composition on every topic, makes the music universally appealing. And it is what Tagore desired… that his songs and poetry must be sung and recited in every Bengali household.

When we first planned this event as an exploration of the Bengal School and Santiniketan paintings in our Gallery of Contemporary Indian Art, we had no inkling that there would be so many enthusiastic participants, ready to brave the storm and the traffic to join us on a Saturday evening because of how much they love the music of Bengal. 

A big thank you to everyone who came to the Kerala Museum tonight to partake in pure unadulterated music in an intimate setting!

If you’re interested, you can see more of Dr. Santanu’s artworks on his Instagram page, @santanumira is his Instagram handle.

Vijayadashami Celebrations for the Museum Academy students by Aditi Nayar

Lighting the lamp with Shri K Rajesh, our Carnatic music teacher

Lighting the lamp with Shri K Rajesh, our Carnatic music teacher

Ever since the Music, Art and Dance Academies were started in 2013, we have had an enthusiastic bunch of parents bring their children to the museum on weekends for their classes. Now in it’s 5th year, the Museum Music and Art Academy has grown to .

The Sandhya Nritya Natak Dance School has

It is every parent’s dream to see their child perform on stage, master a skill and hone it to perfection.

In South India, the Hindu goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, learning, music and arts, is worshipped, along with one’s instruments. During the festival, people maintain, clean and worship their instruments, tools of work and implements that support their livelihood. It is considered an auspicious time for children to embark on learning.

This year we celebrated Vijayadashami at the Museum with the lighting of the lamp by the students, beautiful solo and group performances by our existing students followed by prasadam. We also had time for a quick first class by each teacher.