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
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:
CHITRAMATHIL [Entry in the Limca Book of Records
CHITRAMATHIL [1200x5FT]: 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.
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.
Yayathi (5000x4ft): is based on an eminent character
from the Puranas.
Narayaneeyam (1200x4ft): a drawing based on the Sanskrit literary
work ‘Sreemad Narayaneeyam’ by Mepattur Narayana Bhattathirippad.
Mural in Sringari Temple: [400 sq ft] : The 400
sq ft of mural in sringari temple , kalady , a little hamlet on
the banks of river poorna in Eranakulum district of kerala depicts
the life of great philosopher Adi Sankaracharya.
Murals on the wall Rishimanglam: [500x5ft]: Various themes from
Puranas are selected and depicted on the walls of Chuttambalam of
temple of Rishimangalam, Thiruvanthapuram.
Mahaprasthanam (107x4ft): The life history of
Sri Buddha and his preaching
are depicted through this work.
Saundaryalahari (116x4ft): The Saundaryalahari
of Adi Sankara is depicted through the painting. Done in two parts-
the 1st part illustrates the tantric slokas in 25 paintings and.
the 2nd part explains the spiritual works in black & white.
SANGEETHA SADAS (52x4FT): MURAL PAINTING AT MUSCAT
HOTEL (AN UNDERTAKING OF KTDC, GOVT.OF KERALA). IT DEPICTS THE CULTURAL
LIFE AT THE COURT OF HIS HIGHNESS MAHARAJA SWATI TIRUNAL.
Rukminiswayamavaram (100x4ft.): It illustrates
the romantic life of
Sri.Krishna and Rukmini.
Kumarasambhavam (100x4ft): It illustrates the
masterpiece literary work of
Santhiyatnam (16x10ft): Paves light into the hardships
and sufferings caused
Kanalukal (100x4ft): Is a black & white painting
based on the Indian
.Mural work (24 ft.): done at the branch of Bank
of India, Guruvayoor.
Mural work (65 ft.): done at the branch of Bank
of India, Chelakkara,
Mural work (24ft.): done at the Alangad branch of BOI, Aluva.
Mural work (80ft.): done at the Udyogmandal branch of BOI, Kochi.
Randamoozham: is a collection of paintings based
on the Novel‘Randammoozham’ by Jnanapith award winner
Sri. M.T. Vasudevan Nair.
A profile of the artist:
At first glance Sri K.K Suresh’s painting
appears to be idyllic with their certain figures spread out on a
space less background using five traditional colours of keala mural
paintings. Over the years K.K.Suresh, an Indian artist has participated
and strived towards the development of Kerala traditional style.
But looks are deceiving and decisive. His pictures
depict great knowledge of Indian philosophy and various changes
in the form of earth drawn from past, present and future. It is
said that in the beginning there was the word- but in K.K Suresh
mural painting the very existing of life beings from a single point
called [bindu] and the inner secret behind the surface shift from
form to form. He has contributed to our tradition with his extra
ordinary creativity. Suresh’s paintings are impressive and
carry with it a flow of our tradition and culture. The themes of
his paintings are mostly based on subjects from Indian Puranas and
Ithisas[History]. While subject matter is noteworthy of our tradition
and culture his use of Kerala traditional mural style complements
Now, mythology is not the only thing the artist focuses on. His
versatility and creativity can be remarkably found in numerous paintings
he did over the years.
Born in 1962 at Velur Village, Thrissur District,
Kerala he done his Post Graduate Diploma in Drawing and Painting
from Govt. Institute of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala, he honed his
skills in Mural Painting under the tutelage of Sri. Mammiyoor Krishnan
Kutty Nair. Joined Guruvayoor Devaswom Mural Painting Institute
as Instructor he worked for five years and then joined as a head
of the department of fine arts Sree Sankaracharya university of
Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala. .
BIO-DATA OF K.K.SURESH
NAME : K.K. SURESH
DATE OF BIRTH: 20-4-1962
DESIGNATION: LECTURER IN MURAL PAINTING.
DEPARTMENT: DEPARTMENT OF PAINTING, SREE SANKARACHARYA
UNIVERSITY OF SANSKRIT, KALADY, ERNAKULAM, AND KERALA-683574.
ART EDUCATION: POST DIPLOMA INDRAWING &PAINTING,
GOVT. FINE ARTS COLLEGE, THRISSUR.
TRADITIONAL SCHOLAR IN MURAL PAINTING.
EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING: INSTRUCTOR IN MURAL PAINTING
AT GURUVAYOOR DEVASWOM MURAL PAINTING INSTITUTE, GURUVAYOOR.
• HIGHLY COMMENDABLE CERTIFICATE IN THE 16TH STATE EXHIBITION
OF ART, 1984.
• (KERALA LALITHA KALA ACADEMY):
GOLD MEDAL IN INTER-NATIONAL EXHIBITIONOF ART HELD AS PART OF ‘AMRITVARSHINI-50’CELEBRATIONS
HELD AT KOCHI IN THE YEAR 2003.
• HONOURED BY: ‘BHARATHAM’ A CULTURAL ORGANISATION
BASED AT THRISSUR, KERALA.
• LIMCA BOOK OF RECORD: RECEIVED Double Entry in the LIMCA
BOOK OF ECORD 2006. ONE FOR LONGEST OUTDOORS CEMENT MURAL WALL (PG.93),
FOR TALLEST CLOTH SCULPTURE (PG.96).
• PRESENTED MURAL WORK: TO SRI A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM ON HIS VISIT
TO KALADY ON 29TH JULY 2005.
• ART CONSULTANT: OF KALADY AREA DEVELOPMENTAUTHORITY (KADA).
ONE MAN SHOW
Conducted at PALM BEACH HOTEL, Abu Dhabi in APRIL
Conducted at ASHOKA HOTEL, DELHI in JUNE 2004.
Conducted at Kuala Lumpur & ALACCA in EC 2004.
Conducted at HOLIDAY INN, KING CROSS ROAD, LONDON,
Other Masterpiece works :