Kochi-Muziris Biennale Concludes; Mammootty among Final Visitors

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Kochi: Film star Mammootty has said that the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) has made a significant mark on the world’s art map through its fine aesthetic elements and intense magnetic charm.

“Besides the usual paintings and drawings on canvas that we think art to be, the works displayed here inspire us to seek art from our surroundings and nature. The Biennale is an event that provokes the viewers to seek more from an art work,” said the Padma Shri winner, after visiting KMB 2016, which concluded here the other day.

He was addressing a media gathering following a guided tour of the primary Biennale venue, Aspinwall House.

The actor, who was impressed by Kerala artist K R Sunil’s photo series on port city Ponnani, also suggested that the Biennale organisers include artists who follow traditional practices and not just postmodern art. “Other than contemporary arts and artists, it would be good if the Biennale includes artists and art forms of bygone times to sustain our artistic heritage,” he said.

Noted journalist Anita Pratap was also among a host of other prominent figures who visited the Biennale on the eve of its closing. “The Biennale has truly merited its motto of ‘People’s Biennale’ with the enormous public acceptance seen here. It is encouraging to see people from all backgrounds and age groups coming out in numbers to visit the Biennale. That is what art is all about; it has to connect with all,” she said.

P Bala Kiran IAS, Director, Kerala Tourism; V Muraleedharan, former BJP state president and Tony Chammany, former Kochi Mayor, also visited the event on the eve of its culmination.