Workshops

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.

Beyond Sacred Worlds Kerala Mural Workshop by Aditi Nayar

An IT professional, a school teacher, an accountant, a mother of a 3 month old, an 8 year old girl and an 11 year old boy... What do they all have in common? Their love for mural painting. And the determination to learn something new.

A doctor, Ms. A, who joined us by taking an overnight bus from Pondicherry, works through the week, reserving weekends for interesting ways to enrich her painting skills. “I try to pick up something new every 2 years,” she said. But what better way to spend the weekend than learning a new craft?

The Kerala Mural form of painting has traditionally been a temple tradition, with the frescoes pictorially depicting religious myths and legends in vibrant colours. With the Beyond Sacred Worlds workshop, we chose to use a simple contemporary image that would illustrate the basic steps in the process.

At the beginning of the two-day workshop, taking home a finished piece of work seemed almost impossible, with many of our participants picking up a brush for the first time in their lives.

Under muralist and teacher Vishnu Vikraman’s patient tutelage, everyone was able to pick up pace quickly, learning to outline and use the spell-binding stippling technique used in the Kerala mural.  This was the second Mural Painting workshop held by the Kerala Museum, the first being Sacred Worlds in 2017.

Under muralist and teacher Vishnu Vikraman’s patient tutelage, everyone was able to pick up pace quickly, learning to outline and use the spell-binding stippling technique used in the Kerala mural.

This was the second Mural Painting workshop held by the Kerala Museum, the first being Sacred Worlds in 2017.