Exhibition of Kinnala artworks from today

Mahalasa School of Art, Alake, Mangaluru will organise an exhibition of Kinnala artworks by the students of the institution at the college premises from December 28 to 31.

Addressing reporters here, College lecturer N S Pattar said that the exhibition will be inaugurated by Karnataka State Handicrafts Development (Bengaluru) Managing Director Dr Rajvir Pratap Sharma. Kannada Sahitya Parishat's former president Harikrishna Punaroor and Prashant Kumar K C, IFS, will be the chief guests. Mahalasa Education Committee Director Babu Rao will preside.

N S Pattar said that Kinnala art is the traditional art practised by around 35 families in Koppala district. The art, which is believed to have thrived during the period of Vijayanagara kingdom has come down from many generations. Famous poet Amir Khusro had encouraged the art to a great extent. The artworks are done on wood. The colouring techniques and the patterns are the peculiar features of Kinnala artwork. The designs are given a rich look with golden colours and bass relief.

The artworks to be exhibited have been created by the students of Mahalasa School of Art during a 20-day art camp carried out under the guidance of College lecturer B P Mohankumar. 41 students have come up with 41 artworks featuring various Gods and Goddesses, Yakshagana, Kathakkali, jewellery box, pedestals and so on, Pattar added.

College Principal Purushottam Nayak, lecturers B P Mohan Kumar and K T Nagaraju were present at the press meet.

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