The Art Kanara Trust and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage(INTACH), Mangalore Chapter in association with N.G Pavanje Chair in Fine Arts, Mangalore University organised ‘MODEPU’, an exhibition and publication of artists from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu and Kasaragod. The exhibition was held from 6th to 12th November 2022 by Art Kanara Trust that was initiated by six people with the main objective of archiving and exploring the history and culture of the art of Mangalore. At present it comprises of thirty-four artists.

On 12th November 2022, there was an open discussion between Mr. Sudesh Mahan, Visual Artist and Mr. Nemiraj Shetty, Art Historian in the presence of Prof. Kishore Kumar C.K., Registrar, Mangalore University, Dr. Dhananjaya Kumble, Asst. Prof., SVP Institute of Kannada Studies, Mangalore University and Dr. Shripathi Kalluraya P., Professor and Chairman, Department of Economics, Mangalore University.

 

 

 

 

 

The guest speakers addressed the gathering by expressing their view on Art and how it can be progressed. The gathering was enlightened by the life story of Mr. N.G Pavanje and his journey as an artist. It was said that there are very few artists from Coastal Karnataka who have contributed to modern and contemporary art and the ones who have contributed are Mr. K. Pundalika Shenoy and Mr. Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar. The speakers defined a painting or an art work as ‘A slice of the artist’s life that is given to the world’.

The meeting progressed with the role of educational institutions in evoking the sense of art in students and how documenting, writing and preserving art can help revive the artistic appeal, creativity and techniques in the present and upcoming generations. It was said that displaying works of art in various spots of Mangalore can evoke interest in art and promote artists. Hence a plan needs to be put down in this regard. The University representative, Dr. Shripathi Kalluraya P., Professor and Chairman, Department of Economics, Mangalore University, said that he would put forth a proposal to the University in order to encourage the artists and help document their work.

Students of School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya actively participated in this event. There were questions raised by the students on how to improve their artistic skills and choosing art as a profession and career.

Asst. Prof. Vineetha Pereira, from the Department of English accompanied forty students of English from I B.A. and II B.A. to this event which was an enriching experience.

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