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About Remesh Kovummal

My acadamic background started from pre-degree course from Calicut University. there after I recognised that my area of interest lies in the field of art. So I joined an institution called Universal Arts at Calicut and studied the fundamentals of arts. Soon I turned to mural paintings and joined Guruvayur Devaswom Institute of Mural Painting. Famouse mural painter Sri Mammiyur Krishnan Kutty Nair was the chief instructor in that institute. I studied there from 1990 to 1995 and obtained National Diploma in Mural Painting. My tenure in the institute gave me opportunity to interact with several veterans in the field like Sri MG Sasibhooshan, Sri G Azhikode,Sri Ajayakumar, Sri Kattur Narayana Pilla Sri Vijayakumara Menon Sri Achuthankutty, who were associated with the institute as visiting faculty. Apart from that I got the opportunity to attend classes and camps organised by artists prominent in all India level,Sri Kunhunni Mash, Sri Kodungallur Madhava Menon, Sri Kalidasa Pattar, Sri Sreenivasalu, are some of them.

With Mammiyur Krishnankutty Nair

A doyan of Mural arts, Sri Mammiyur Krishnan Kutty Nair was the chief instructor of the Institute of Mural Painting under Guruvayur Devaswom from where I obtained National Diploma in mural painting . He followed the "Gurukulam" system of education. So he was not only our teacher but also our guardian and took care of us. He treated us as his own children and gave us love and affection, at the same time enforcing strict dicipline. We did not feel any dificulty in keeping away from our home as his was our second home. He deputed us to work in some of the major projects he undertook, like Sri Mammiyur Temple Guruvayur, Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple Trivandram, Sri Ayyappa Temple Kodambakkom Chennai, MNF Art Gallery Ernakulam. Among this I was fortunate enough to get the assignment of paintings on the walls Sanctum Sanctorum of Sri Mammiyur Temple. On he gave us detailed instructions and reposed complete confidence in us before entrusting such works to us. That helped us in developing self confidence in us, during early studentship. On complition of the course Diploma in mural painting . So we were able to take up major site works with self confidence because of the training we received under him.

After completion of our fourth year in the Institute and in the bigining of fifth year (19-7-1994) our beloved teacher attained devine abode. We prostrate before the memmory of our Guru.

About Mural Painting

Murals are large scale paintings executed directly on walls, ceilings, and many other typically large flat, convex or concave surfaces. They are presumed to be the oldest human art form, as cave paintings at numerous ancient human settlements suggest, and can be found all overEarth. A wide variety of artistic styles are used in mural painting, and some (usually Trompe L'oeil murals) incorporate the use of techniques which combine Realism with a dramatic sense of scale and amazing depth, while Trompe L'oeil paintings are noted for an extraordinary sense of detail.

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