Govt to set up hub in Kochi to boost art sales – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

KOCHI: The state government will establish an art center in Kochi under the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi to help painters and sculptors sell their artworks, Culture Minister Saji Cherian said on Monday . Opening a three-week visual art exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the Lalithakala Akademi at the Durbar Hall in Kochi, he said the culture department would bear the expenses of this new venture.

The government will also create a retirement home for elderly artists who need support. “We need to make sure they are taken care of during the twilight years. The Covid-19 has made life difficult for artists. The government has launched various programs to support them,” the minister said.

Stressing the need to preserve the region’s artistic heritage for future generations, he said it was painful that efforts to unveil facets of an unknown past invite intolerance from part of society. “Artists who try to expose the distortion of history face threats. Spreading a false story can only spread hatred among people. It could divide the world and spur friction,” he said.

The minister awarded Lalithakala Akademi scholarships to two artists and congratulated 19 senior artists.
Ernakulam MLA TJ Vinod chaired and Mayor of Kochi M Anilkumar published the exhibition catalogue. Lalithakala Akademi President Murali Cheeroth, Vice President Eby N Joseph and Secretary N Balamuralikrishnan took the floor.

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