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Alva's Varna Virasat - 2012 'Painters Camp'

at 'Shobhavana', Moodbidri, Karnataka
4th to 8th Januiary 2012

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A First Gathering
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Artists

Rahul Jagdeesh Chitara
Ahmadabad, GUJARAT
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Anju Devi Paswan
Jitwarpur, BIHAR
Apu Debnath (BANGA)
Kundupara, WEST BENGAL
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Heeraman Urweti
Bhopal, MADHYA PRADESH
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Hirdey Kant Sandil
Chandigarh, CHANDIGARH
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Jagdeesh Bagi Chitara
Ahmadabad, GUJARAT
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Kanchan Verma
New Delhi
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Manash Ranjan Jena
Bhubaneswar, ORISSA
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Manohar Chiluveru
Hyderabad, ANDHRA PRADESH
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Meenakshi
Gulbarga, KARNATAKA
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M.N. Narasimha Murthy
Tumkur, KARNATAKA
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Mohan Singh Shyam
Bhopal, MADHYA PRADESH
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Padmanabh Bendre
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Prabakaran S.
Chennai, TAMIL NADU
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Querozito De Souza
Caranzalem, GOA
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Rita Jagdeesh Chitara
Ahmadabad, GUJARAT
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Sathyapal
Tripunithura, KERALA
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Shravan Paswan
Jitwarpur, BIHAR
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Sindhu D.
Angamaly, KERALA
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Subhash Bhil
Bhopal, MADHYA PRADESH
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Suresh K. Nair
Varanasi, UTTAR PRADESH
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Vilas Kulkarni
Noida, UTTAR PRADESH
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  • Introduction
  • At Work 1
  • At Work 2
  • At Work 3
  • Gallery
  • The Award
  • Moodbidri
  • Ageless Beauty
  • A 'Yatra'
  • The Farewell

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art work at a building entrance
of Shobhavana (right side)

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art work at a building entrance
of Shobhavana (left side)

 

Alva's Varna Virasat - 2012.

Alva's Education Foundation(R), Moodbidri
4th to 8th January 2012

 

 

Alva's Education Foundation, Moodbidri, has selected Shri Sathyapal for confering on him the prestigious award of Alva's Varna Virasat - 2012.

Alva's Virasat is a National cultural festival conducted once a year in Moodbidri. a small temple town in Karnataka.

Alva's Education Foundation is a rare and unique educational institution in Karnataka and India at large by providing a caring environment in the field of Visual and Performing arts that includes architecture also, enrolling students from different cultures and backgrounds and guiding them within a wide range of graduate and post graduate programmes.

The magnificent hilly landscape, rich in vegetation, being nature's ambience for studies, is supplemented by many cultural and literary festivals and workshops like AIva's Virasat, Varna Virasat, Shilpa Virasat, Nudisiri , Shilpasiri and Chitrasiri. Thus a small temple town, Moodbidri, attracts attention far beyond its boundaries.

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Dr. M. Mohan Alva welcomes
to the award function

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what all can be objects of art ...
a glimpse from the dais

By bestowing the honour of this year‘s Alva's Varna Virasat Award on Shri Satyapal, an exceptional artist is honoured.
His perception of life and of his own culture, his search for identity and his love for nature and people has had an influence on his style of painting.

Shri Sathyapal's special interest in the life of the indigenous people of lndia has made him to travel through the whole country and to live with the tribes in settlements like Bastar, Ektal, Gadabengal, Amarkhnadak, Barsur, Mardum, Bindha, Karampur, Chilkutty, Sarguja, Kondagon, Anjar, Keralapal, Narayanpur, Mahasamud (all CHATTISGARH), Khoraput (ORISSA) and Chitrakoot (MADHYA PRADESH), and Kabir Chabutra.

All his experiences and reflections have resulted in an impressive oeuvre.
As the previous Secretary of the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi he has proved how a man with a mission and a vision can have an impact, having brought art traditions to the public awareness through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and
Rahul Jagdeesh Chitara
9 yrs
publications that have been rather neglected or sidelined.

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silent spectators during the
award function

Kerala's people have for the first time ever had a chance to see and experience art work of the natives of this country, for which Sathyapal is an enthusiastic promoter.

Shri Sathyapal has edited 17 Books on various subjects related to art and culture.

The documentations as editor on Native Art as well as on Kalamezhutu -- the traditions of pictures drawn with powder and closely connected with ritualistic spiritual traditions in Kerala will stir the interest of scholars the world over.

The National Painter's Camp is part of Alva's Virasat, the National cultural festival.

LINK: Artistic hands paint 40 thoughts
LINK: The roving artist inspires

The artists during their work. (1/3)

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Apu Devnath , WEST BENGAL
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Subhash Bhil, Gond painting artist , MADHYA PRADESH
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Mohan Singh Shyam , Gond painting artist, MADHYA PRADESH
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Anju Devi Paswan - Mithila painting artist, BIHAR
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The artists during their work. (2/3)

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Shravan Paswan - Mithila painting artist, BIHAR
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M. N. Narasimha Murthy, KARNATAKA
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Heeraman Urwetti, MADHYA PRADESH
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Jagdeesh Bagi Chitara, Kalamkari (Mata ni Pachedi) artist, GUJARAT
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Rita Jagdeesh Chitara, Kalamkari (Mata ni Pachedi) artist , GUJARAT
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The artists during their work. (3/3)

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Hriday Kant Sandil, CHANDIGARH
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Manohar Chiluveru, ANDHRA PRADESH
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Querozito De Souza, GOA
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Prabakaran S., TAMIL NADU
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Padmanabh Bendre, MAHARASHTRA
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Meenakshi, KARNATAKA
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Rahul, a young artist in the footsteps of his ancestor's from the Chitara Community, GUJARAT
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The Paintings

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preparing of the background detail of a temple clothes painting detail of a temple clothes painting Jagdesh Bagi Chitara
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Suresh K. Nair Suresh K. Nair Suresh K. Nair Suresh K. Nair
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Manash Ranjan Jena Manash Ranjan Jena Meenakshi Meenakshi
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Manohar Chiluveru Manohar Chiluveru M. N. Narasimha MurthyM. N. Narasimha Murthy
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Padmanabh Bendre Padmanabh Bendre Padmanabh Bendre Sindhu. D.
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Apu Debnath Apu Debnath Apu DebnathSathyapal
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Hirdey Kant Sandil Hirdey Kant Sandil Prabakaran S. Prabakaran S.
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Heeraman UrwetiHeeraman Urweti Subhash Bhil Mohan Singh Shyam
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Padmanabh Bendre, Sathyapal, Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, Nandanan Reddy (CWC)
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Bestowing honours on artist Sathyapal, former Secretary of Kerala Lalitakala Akademi
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... and posing finally for a group photo
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Honouring the artists - Vilas Kulkarni, Rita Jagdeesh Chitara, Shravan Paswan ...
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... Sindhu D., Kanchan Verma, Jagdeesh Bagi Chitara, Heeraman Urweti ...
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the audience - the press
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silent witness

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sacred 8 foot tall gold statue
of Lord Chandranatha Swami

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The 1000 Pillars Temple
stone column

Moodbidri - the ancient small temple town in the south-west of Karnataka

(Moodabidri, Moodbiri, Moodabidire, Mooduvenupura , Bedra)

 

Moodbidri, the ancient small temple town in the South of Karnataka is with its 18 Jain temples (Basadis) also known as ‘Jain Kashi’ (sacred place for Jains).
The finest and most famous among them is The Thousand Pillars Temple (Saavira Kambada Basadi or Tribhuvana Tilaka Chudamani) , built by the Chowta ruler Devaraya Wodeyar in 1430 with additions made in 1962.

The Jain havelis (palacial houses) of Moodbidri, built in the coastal style, with tiled, long-sloping roofs and spacious balconies, the doors and windows of solid wood, reflect the beauty of traditional architecture.

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The ambiente under threat of Moodbidri
- long-sloping roofs

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The unique beauty of built heritage
- a Jain haveli (Moodbidri)

A stone column - Manastambha of about 50-60 feet high and topped by four ‘Tirthankara’ images, erected by Chowta Queen Nagala Devi at the entrance to the temple, catches the eye before reaching the premises.
The temple has three long hallways with a rich variety of beautiful carved pillars, reflecting precision and skilfulness .

It is significant, that this up to now undeclared heritage town as a centre of Jain religion, culture, literature, art and architecture and one of the largest Jain pilgrimage centres of the world may now under threat.

 A four-lane highway has been planned that would cut right through the town and thus damage irreversibly the towns sanctity.

Building a by-pass would be the suggested solution of all those concerned to avoid just this.

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The 'Thousand Pillars Temple' and the vicinity
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continue the journey through the jewels of heritage with the next tab 'Ageless Beauty'
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Jewels of Craftsmanship and Creative Inspirations
inside the Saavira Kambada Basadi and the ajoining math

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Details of a wall painting from the 16th century inside the 650-year-old Jain math (monastic establishment)
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Carvings in wood and granite

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An Inspiring Exploration of Moodbidris Surroundings

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Reaching Purushotham's Abode in the Western Ghats
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Exploring Nature's Beauty
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Reaching A Tribal Hamlet
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A Chicken's Fate
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The pain of saying 'good bye'

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The photographer poses with his new friends
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Saying 'good bye' to Sathyapal who conducted the camp.
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Rahul and his mother have a last 'looking back' to those still remaining.
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those who remain
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End of the Camp !