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Mangaluru: Artist Jeevan’s river sketching project launched

river sketching project launched by jeevan salian
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Mangaluru: The Mangaluru Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH), in association with Art Kanara Trust, launched a unique project of sketching Mangaluru’s rivers by artist Jeevan Salian on the occasion of World Rivers Day on Sunday September 25 at 8.45 am at BMS Ferry Point, Bengre, in the presence of Yatish Baikampady, Campus Director, Amrita Vidyalayam, Boloor and Keshav Karkera, President of Mahajana Sabha, Thota Bengre.

The Chief Guest Yatish Baikampady drew a picture of a boat to signify the launching of the project. Addressing the gathering, he recalled the impactful partnership of writers and artists, such as the brothers R. K. Narayan and R. K. Laxman, and Dom Moraes and Mario Miranda, who had made a famous illustrated travelogue of Karnataka. “Today you have launched a similar interesting project. I hope you will meet with similar success,” he said.

In his address, Keshav Karkera expressed concern for the rampant pollution of the river, which is the lifeline of the people. “Today the pollution of the river is hurting the people who depend on it for livelihood. It is causing health hazards and a decline in aquatic species. I hope this project will open the eyes of the authorities to solve the problem,” he said.

Artist Jeevan Salian said that as he has good experience in drawing nature, he became interested in drawing attention to the neglected natural and built heritage of this region. Children from the locality enthusiastically took part in the event by making their sketches. Syed Asif Ali, lecturer at Mahalasa College of Visual Art, Mangaluru, guided the participating children.

Former local Corporator Meera Karkera, President of Zilla Panchayath Higher Primary School Committee, Bengre, and school teachers Suma and Ashwini were present. Rajendra Kedige welcomed the gathering and compered the programme. Subhas Chandra Basu, Nemiraj Shetty, architect Niren Jain and other members of Intach and Art Kanara Trust were present.

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