Book on Kochi Muziris Biennale released

Kochi: A book `Against All Odds` profiling the struggles and successes involved in the run up to the Kochi Muziris Biennale, now on here, was released here.

The administration must strive to groom artist, and it is deplorable if vested interests use them to settle scores, Malayalam writer A Sethumadhavan, currently chiarman of the National Book Trust, said releasing the book yesterday.

The Biennale has succeeded in popularising art and bringing it closer to the commoners, he said. "The energy that the Biennale has given to the young artists is tremendous," opined the novelist, popularly known as `Sethu`.

"It isn`t a good trend that Kerala requires artists from outside India to introduce world-class art to its people. That must end," he said, noting that the Biennale could mark its beginning.

Painter K Prabhakaran received the first copy of the book, edited by Sabin Iqbal of the Kochi Biennale Foundation that is organising the three-month extravaganza.

Present on the occasion were publisher Ravi D C besides the biennale curators Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu. The book profiles the journey of Kochi-Muziris Biennale has been against all odds - from many fronts and in many forms.

"We thought of letting people know about the struggles and challenges we had to overcome in organising the event, which is the realisation of a long dream that had remained elusive of the art fraternity in India," editor Iqbal said later.

Apart from essays by Bose and Riyas, the book has four parts.

`The story` section talks briefly about the journey, including allegations of financial misappropriation by the foundation. `Interventions` speak about the biennale`s activities in the fields of architecture (renovation of Durbar Hall), societal (turning Gothuruthu into an art village), cultural (reviving traditional art-forms like Chavittu Natakam) and Educational (higher education project).



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