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Space & Roots

The Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with The Aseema Trust, Chennai has organized the Space and Roots: A Festival exploring Traditional Visual Arts with contemporary thinking, at its gallery for the period between 08-08-14 and 14-08-14, in which the following 10 artists were invited to take part in the Workshop, out of which 5 contemporary artists from Southern Region and 5 traditional artists:

Contemporary Artists:

Sri S. Vignesh, A, Chennai, Sri Komakula Raja Sekhar, Visakhapatnam,
Sri Mahesh Baliga, Vadodara, Sri P. Usman, Palakkad, Sri Shripad Amrut Gurav, Goa,

Traditional Artists:

Sri D. Vinay Kumar(Cheriyal Painting),Telangana, Mrs. (Dr.) Gayathri Sankarnarayan (Kolam) Chennai, Sri R. Krishnan Kitna (Kurumba Art), Nilagiri, Sri Chakram Prabhakar (Kalamkari), Srikalahasti, Sri  K.N. Sasidharan, (Kerala Mural) Palakkad.

Mrs. Gita Ram (Craft Council of India, Chennai) and Sri K. Muralidharan (senior artist) were invited as chief guests to the programme

On the last two days of the Workshop i.e. on 13th and 14th August, 2014, 130 children from 10 schools around Chennai City were invited to attend the Workshop to interact with the invited contemporary and traditional artists.

Regional Print-Making Camp

The Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with Banyan Hearts Open Studios, Hyderabad, has organised the Regional Print-Making Camp (Relief Colour Print-Making) at Hyderabad for the period from 21-11-2014 to 27-11-2014, in which the following senior and upcoming practicing artists were invited to take part:

Senior Artists: Prof. Laxma Goud (Hyderabad) and Sri Surya Prakash (Hyderabad).

Upcoming practicing artists: Sri S. Vinil Rabeek (TN), Sri Fawad Tamkanat (AP) Sri A. Rajeshwar Rao (AP), Sri C.N. Vijay Sarathy (KAR), Sri K.S. Prakasan (KER), Sri Mangesh Kapse (MAH), Sri H. Shanmugam (PON) and Sri Ramdas M. Gadekar (GOA).

Ethnic Mindscape: An Interactive Workshop with North-East Artists

The Regional Centre, Chennai has organized the programme: ‘ETHNIC MINDSCAPE: An Interactive Workshop with North East Artists’ at its gallery for the period between 23-01-15 and 29-01-15, in which out of 24 invited artists, the following 23 artists were taken part in the Workshop; and  out of which 10 artists from North East and 13 artists from Southern States:

Artists from North East

Sri Ayhunbu Lorin (Nagaland), Sri  V. Lalzawmkima –Zawma (Mizoram), Sri Raphael Warjri (Meghalaya), Sri Paltu Barman (Tripura), Sri Priyoum Talukdar (Meghalaya), Sri Mantu Das (Assam), Sri S. Boby Singh (Manipur), Sri Rangskhembor Mawblei  (Meghalaya), Ms. Lalhmiing Mawii (Amoii) (Mizoram), Sri Ranab Saha (Tripura).

Artists from Southern States

Ms. Kirusiya rani. veera (Tamilnadu), Sri R. Janarthanan (Tamilnadu), Sri S. Sujeeth Kumar (Tamilnadu), Sri G. Subramanian, (Karnataka), Sri Sameer Rao, (Karnataka), Sri Imran Liyakath Ali Khan (Andhrapradesh), Sri P. Venkataswamy (Telengana), Sri P.A. Sajeesh (Kerala)

Sri Sajithputhukkalavattom, (Kerala), Smt Tanujaa Rane, (Maharashtra), Sri Prafulla Sheshrao Nayse, (Maharashtra), Sri Vasantha Kumaran, (Pondicherry), Sri Kedar Dhondu, (Goa)

Sri M.D. Muthukumaraswamy (Executive Trustee and Director, National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai) has inaugurated the Workshop on Friday 23-01-2015 at 10.30 am; Sri Keshav (Artist & Cartoonist, The Hindu) has presided over the function, Sri Rm. Palaniappan, Regional Secretary, Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai has introduced the participating artists.

As per the invitation of the Centre, Sri M.D. Muthukumaraswamy, the well-known folklorist has interacted with the invited participants and also delivered a lecture on folk narration and its sensibilities and also about various folk tales of North East, on 24-01-15 morning 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Similarly, Sri M. Trostsky Marudhu (senior artist and a film maker) has interacted with the participants on 25-01-15 morning 10.30 am to 12.30 pm by giving a slide lecture on history of the cinema and its visual narration and a demonstration on illustrative drawings on narrative culture based on our ethnic stories.

Ms. Lakshmi Venkatraman (former Art Critic, The Hindu) has been invited by the Centre to document the entire event by interviewing the participating artists and editing their bio datas for the publication.

A formal valedictory function of the Workshop was held on Thursday 29-01-2025 at 4 pm; and the works produced by the participating artists of the Workshop were on display for the public view.