Kalamezhuthu (Powder Painting) workshop in Chennai

This summer, The Soul Window and Sarang Cultural Ventures bring you ‘Immerse’, a Kalamezhuthu (powder painting) workshop:
Kalamezhuthu is a ritualistic art form of Kerala practised in temples and sacred groves, where the representation of deities like Kali and Lord Ayyappa are made on the floor using natural powders. Traditionally, Kalamezhuthu is accompanied by pooja, Kalapradakshinam (dance movements by the Velichapad), Kalampaattu (songs praising the Gods backed by traditional musical instruments) and other vibrant rituals.

The workshop is designed primarily to focus on the art form and its meditative capacity, tying it alongside its threads of tradition and culture.

When: Sunday, 19th May, 2019 from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm 

Where: Spaces, Besant Nagar, Chennai 

Programme:

  • Introduction to the Art Form
  • Mentor
  • Artist works on the main Kalam
  • Getting your hands dirty:
    Participants practise designs using elements from the main Kalam
  • Lunch
  • Storytime:
    Journey with the artists through the stories behind the Kalams, traditional and cultural connect, preparation of the colours and more
  • Practice sessions continued
Who can participate?

Anyone. There are no pre-qualifications and no requirements of any prior experience in any art form. You would enjoy the workshop if you are:

  • Interested in visual arts
  • Interested in culture and tradition
  • Interested in watching the beautiful Kalam unfold
  • Healthy enough to sit on the floor and draw mostly through the day

This is a good wrist exercise beneficial for photographers, IT people, miniature architects and all those who wish a steady hand.

As in all our workshops, it is not about finishing lessons, but understanding the details and finding happiness in a traditional art form. Patience and an open-minded approach to a new subject is appreciated.

What will you take away?

  • An enriching experience to interact, know and practise the art form with one of the few existing artists of Kalamezhuthu
  • A day spent well, in relaxation, with colours, culture and happiness
  • The skill to meditatate with Kalams after a busy day at work

Number of seats: 20

To gift every participant a personal and enriching experience, we are limiting the group size to 20.

CONTACT DETAILS:

In case of doubts and queries, please contact Soul Window at +91-9790898264.

If interested in joining us for the workshop, please register with us. We will then get back to you with more details.

Register

 

Mural Painting Workshop : Pravesika (Level 1) April 2017

We are happy to announce our first workshop on Mural Painting for 2017!

Explore the magic and freedom of turning a poem into a painting. Understand how the Gods, Goddesses, subjects or situations are all embedded into little shlokas. Experience how mural artists meditate on these ‘shlokas’ and translate their gist into lines and shapes onto the canvas.

Here is an opportunity to come close to the art of mural painting.  Apart from the stories and theories, get your hands dirty by learning to draw and paint the traditional way of Kerala Mural Art!  After all, what is a better way to preserve this heritage for the future generations?

  • Hands on training on drawing and painting, the mural way  
  • Explaining the Dhyana Shlokas
  • Slide Shows on rare ancient paintings
  • Meditation
  • All  Materials provided
  • Exhibition of your paintings on the last day for the interested public
  • Take home a finished piece of work that you made with your own hands! 

Outstation participants please arrange suitable accommodation for yourselves not far from MG road.

 

Mural Painting Workshop : September 2016

We are happy to announce our second workshop on Mural Painting for 2016!

Explore the magic and freedom of turning a poem into a painting. Understand how the Gods, Goddesses, subjects or situations are all embedded into little shlokas. Experience how mural artists meditate on these ‘shlokas’ and translate their gist into lines and shapes onto the canvas.

Here is an opportunity to come close to the art of mural painting.  Apart from the stories and theories, get your hands dirty by learning to draw and paint the traditional way of Kerala Mural Art!  After all, what is a better way to preserve this heritage for the future generations?

  • Hands on training on drawing and painting, the mural way  
  • Explaining the Dhyana Shlokas
  • Slide Shows on rare ancient paintings
  • Meditation
  • All meals and Materials provided
  • Exhibition of your paintings on the last day for the interested public
  • Take home a finished piece of work that you made with your own hands! 
  • Accommodation to those who require it. 

Keep visiting this page for updates!

Please leave your contact. We shall send the details.(And no spams, it’s a promise!)

Workshop on Kerala Mural Painting : February 2016

 

mural-feb-2016

We are happy to announce our first workshop on Mural Painting for 2016!

Explore the magic and freedom of turning a poem into a painting. Understand how the Gods, Goddesses, subjects or situations are all embedded into little shlokas. Experience how mural artists meditate on these ‘shlokas’ and translate their gist into lines and shapes onto the canvas.

Here is an opportunity to come close to the art of mural painting.  Apart from the stories and theories, get your hands dirty by learning to draw and paint the traditional way of Kerala Mural Art!  After all, what is a better way to preserve this heritage for the future generations?

  • Hands on training on drawing and painting, the mural way  
  • Explaining the Dhyana Shlokas
  • Slide Shows on rare ancient paintings
  • Meditation
  • All meals and Materials provided
  • Exhibition of your paintings on the last day for the interested public
  • Take home a finished piece of work that you made with your own hands! 
  • Accommodation to those who require it. 

Keep visiting this page for updates!

Please leave your contact. We shall send the details.(And no spams, it’s a promise!)

What’s new!

Are we limited to a village in Kerala ?
When we talk about Kerala culture, how much do we miss out being in one place?
After all, we too are travelers. We know how different Kerala is from South to North.

These thoughts were in the back of our minds all along. Finally we are taking a step towards realising the idea of exploring Kerala culture in different settings.

What if you can do all the activities we provide, but stay in a village (or suburbs if you prefer) of Kannur, Kozhikkode (Calicut), Waynad, Kollam (Quilon), Munnar, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) or another destination of your choice?
What if you can go to the beach, hill station or do a trekking in a forest on the weekends?
What if you can experience the hospitality of a different family every time?

Well, this is what we want to do from this year onward apart from running the existing cultural center.

So,  let us know your choice of:

1. subject(s)
2. destination
3. weekend activities (trekking, hill station, beach… you get the idea!) and
4. Duration of your stay

Together let us explore more possibilities!

Kindly use the form below to contact us!

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Explore

This is a region rich with traditions, heritage and history.  The contribution this region has made towards literature, arts and architecture is numerous.  We encourage you to travel around this district to know more about the people, customs, monuments and artists.  Except in the rainy months, there are many festivals happening around.