'Oh! I am sad that it is the last day of the training' said Sunita while leaving for the third day of the Kerala Murals Workshop held recently at Dakshina Chitra. Normally this happens on a minimum 3 day workshop where people get know the others better than an 1-2 day workshop, or when the participant numbers is minimum and most importantly when the people in the workshop share the same passion & feel strongly towards the art. We had an eclectic mixture of people from all walks of life - housewife / IT professionals / Students / Chennai settled foreigner and a couple of NRIs who shared the same levels of intrest. In this post rather than writing about technicalities of Kerala Murals, let me write about how I came across these Kerala murals for the first time.
Our classroom at the workshop... Standing middle is our teacher - Vasuki Ma'm
Sunita is actually posing to paint... Ha! ha! This is actually her painting but this shot at the start of the day, she poses as if she is painting
This is Mr. Ian... I told him that he is an Indian in UK body. It is really nice to see somebody who likes India even more than Indians do...
This is Mahesh No.2, again he is also posing...
Vasavi preparing for the day.. Among the lot I am impressed by her work and looking forward to see her finished painting
Group Photo of our batch... Since I shot this photo, you can't find me in the frame
This is the Krishna Kudumbam mural done by Vasuki Ma'm
My Ganesha mural in the first stage
My Ganesha mural is still a long way to be finished