An Evening Of Creative Energy Unleashed
Success of Biennale vindicates struggles, shows power of art said Riyas Komu | By Yentha
On Aug 30, 2014


Trivandrum: We didn’t import any cultural banyan tree from Venice to Kochi but we planted a seed which has begun to grow into a great banyan tree with many branches said Riyas Komu. He was speaking at a panel discussion on Culture, Society and Creativity at Vakkom Moulavi Foundation Trust at Thekkinmoodu last evening.

If you recall, Riyas Komu, well-known artist and sculptor, who along with artist and curator Bose Krishnamachari weathered a storm of criticism and survived waves of financial struggles in 2012 to organise India’s first art biennial, Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Komu, who is now the director of programmes of the biennale, is masterminding a students’ Biennale, curated by students. He underlined the importance of art education and need to encourage creativity as a glue of social cohesion in times of turmoil.

Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Bose co-curator of the first edition of the biennale and present Biennale Director also spoke at the event.

“We have to create a cultural and creative ecosystem that encourages creative entrepreneurship,” said Tharoor. He also said that it is important to create destination value to cities which will boost local economy. He encouraged youngsters to be willing to go through struggles to make it big in life.

Bose cited the example of ‘Bilbao effect’ to stress the importance of governments making policies to support art and culture and the local economy.

The panelists also included three young creative entrepreneurs from the city - Kishore Mohan, creative director of Studio Dreamcatcher, Paul Anand, CEO of Biotz, manufacturers of 3D printers and Shobha Ashwin, founder of Weavers’ Village.

Mohan showed a clip of Cocoman, the character his animation studio has developed, which caught the imagination of the crowd. The Cocoman, a coconut thief, blends culture and myth with imagination and technology.

Anand, whose Biotz has launched arguably the world’s cheapest 3D printer, Makifyer, said his dream is to see children printing out their toys at home.

Shobha spoke about how Weavers’ Village is merging traditional handloom with creativity and design, and at the same time empowering rural women.

The event was organised by Carpus Media and Pebbles.


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