A Kerala mural is a painting
mainly seen on the walls, ceiling, of temples and palaces .It shows
the events of pre-historic times and many themes from indian mythology.
Kerala temples have a long history of fosteting culture... The cultural
life of the people was centered around the local temple. People
went there to listen to music, see plays, and attain peace sitting
under a banyan tree with its leaves rustling in the breeze and murmuring
the mantra of shanti.
Medieval artists in different parts of India were engaged in painting
and the medium, at that time, was the walls of temples, palaces,
and monuments. The subject of the wall painting used to be scenes
from epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
In Kerala, only a few of the wall painting in temples survive as
a reminder of the existence of this exquisite art form. Prominent
places were ancient murals exist are the Padsmana swamy Shine in
Thiruvananthapuram and the temples of Ettumanoor, Panaynarkavu and
Guruvayur. Mural also adorn old palaces such as those at Padmanabhapuram,
Krishnapuram and Mattancherry.
Kerala has a distinct temple culture. The rituals
inside Kerala temples are unique. The architecture and sculptue
outside the temples is also distinct. The ceremonies too differ
from those of temples in other parts of the country as they are
performed with the accompaniment of special percussion instruments
like the chenda. The art works in temples like Kathakali and ottamthul
have no parallel as they have a truly distinct identity.
Sharp lines from the Skeletal support for the body
of Kerala murals and this unique features makes it distinguished
and rich. Subjects for the murals are varied with gods, goddesses,
saints, kings, birds,animals,plants,trees,creepers and flowers all
in their natural splendour most commonly seen.
Murals are created on a meticulosuly prepared white surface. The
colours are made from natural substances of mineral or vegetable
orgin. For example red, brown and yellow pigments are made from
soft stone powdered and refined while green colour comes from the
leaves of herbs. Blue is derived from the indio plants. Black is
made from the carbon deposited while burnin a wick dipped in vegetable
oil. Even the brush is handmade from shoots of arrow grass deftly.tied
to a bomboo stick In short nothing is brought from shop.
Kerala murals have a long history to their credit. The history dates
back to the 16th century as discovered in the Edakkal Caves. Later
in the mid seventeenth century, the revival of the Bhakti movement,
gave a boost to mural art.
Major Attractions of Kerala Murals
Chitramathil - Longest out door Cement Mural
in the world
- An Ambitious Project-
Longest out door mural in
the world, is neglected for many unknown reasons. Chitramathil or
the Wall of Cement Murals is on the walls of Sree Sankaracharya
University of Sanskrit, Kalady, and a small hamlet in Ernakulam
District of Kerala, India and also the birthplace of Jagadguru Adi
Sankaracharya. It was a masterpiece creation of artist K.K.Suresh.
It is 1200x 5 ft. long, unique compound wall around university campus
depicting various themes from Hindu Mythology and Puranas. It received
an entry in the Limca Book of Records (ref. Pg.93) for being the
longest Mural Wall.
Chitramathil at a glance:
- It received an entry in the Limca Book of Records (ref. Pg.93)
for being the longest Mural Wall.
- The Chitramathil is the endeavor of a single artist- K.K.Suresh
done by him within 66 days.
- The Objective of Chitramathil is to create an understanding
about the rich Indian Culture and Tradition. It is a magnificent
example that 'pictures speak better than words'.
- The Wall is divided into 120 units of 10ft. each. Scenes
selected from Indian Mythology and Puranas are depicted on the
wall- The scenes are from the life history of Adi Sankara (24
units-240 ft.), 108 karnas from Bharatha Munni's Natyasashtra
(60 units-600ft.), Scenes from Kalidasas' Sakuntala (5 units-50ft.),
Meghasandesha (5 units-50ft.), story of Vyasa (18 units-180
ft.), Ma Nishada (1 unit-10 ft.) etc are depicted on the Wall.
MAJOR PROJECTS AND OTHER CREATIVE WORKS
in the Limca Book of Records (ref. Pg.93)]
The longest cement mural wall in the world is around the
campus walls of Sree Sankaracharya university of Sanskrit, Kalady,
Kerala [1200 X5 ft] depicts various themes from Indian puranas and
Mythology, selected Scenes from life history of Adi Sankara- 108
Karnas from Bhartmuni’s Natyasashtra, Scenes from Kalidas
Sakunthalam, Megha Sandesa, where each block tells of hedonistic
mysteries, feudal system then exists and temples for a holy power
that works with out being interpreted because also interpretation
in the flux.
at Kalady on the occasion of 1217th birth anniversary of Jagadguru
An 118 ft. high cloth sculpture designed by the artist was constructed
at Adi Sankara Janmabhumi Kshetra, Kalady on the occasion of 1217th
birth anniversary of Jagadguru Adi Sankara.
of Kerala Mural Paintings