Artists remember Purushottam Karanth

The art lovers in City had an unique opportunity to witness a jugalbandi between art teacher Mohan Kumar Permude and senior artist Ganesh Somayaji, when Mohan Kumar Permude started a water colour painting on a wet paper which was fixed on a slant wooden frame while Somayaji spoke on the life of veteran artiste Purushottam Karanth.


The occasion was ‘Karantha Kalataranga,’ an exhibition of paintings and one-day workshop on art, jointly organised by Karantha Abhimani Balaga, Karavali Chitrakala Chavadi and Government B.Ed College, Mangalore in memory of late Purushottama Karantha, at the University college premises. 

Along with these two, wellknown names in the field of art like Dinesh Holla, Dayananda Bejai, Veena Srinivas, Ananthapadmanabha Rao, Sapna Noronha, Pavana B Achar, Shalini, Santhosh Andrade and Manoranjani also participated as resource persons in the workshop. 

Remembering legend 

Earlier, in the inaugural ceremony, Sri Natyanjali Kala Academy, Surathkal, Director and son-in-law of Purushottama Karantha, Chandrashekar Navada said that Karanth kept his life reserved for art, but never wanted publicity or honours for his achievements. 

He was a hard core devotee of Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa and many of his works are at Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and also in Mangalore Rama Krishna Ashramas, he said. 

Meanwhile, he expressed an intention of building an art gallery in the available 3.5 cents of land. 

Artist Dinesh Holla said that Karantha gave first preference to work and enjoyed the success of his disciples than any honours. Presiding over the function, Government B.Ed College Principal Nagendra Madhyastha said that behind every achievement, there is an eagerness of continuity. 

If one fails to step with time, he would become irrelevant. One should be creative every minute and workshops can help to expand the knowledge limit, he said. A slideshow of paintings of Purushottam Karanth showed his hold, both on painting and line drawing. 
On the occasion, the disciples of Purushottam Karanth gifted a portrait of Karanth to his family. 

Krishnaji Karichannavar of Government B.Ed College, Karavali Chitrakala Chavadi President Sharath Holla were present among others. 

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