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Exhibition at Virasat e Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Exhibition at Virasat e Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

Announcement Date: July 3, 2014

Virasat-e-Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab

In order to further showcase the works of the two South Indian artists, Suresh Muthukulam and Photographer Cop Shiva, the Anandpur Sahib Heritage Foundation in association with Virasat e Khalsa organised the exhibition titled ‘Holla Mohalla – An Enduring Celebration -2’. It was the first ever exhibition to be held at the exhibition hall of the Virasat – e – Khalsa from 03-20 July 2014 at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. During this period over 100,000 visitors visited the exhibition.

The exhibition was inaugurated at 6.00pm on 3rd July 2014 by Chief Guest Shri Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister of Tourism and Culture. It was also attended by Patron Shri Vivek Mohan Mittal & other leading dignitaries and invited guests from Anandpur Sahib, Chandigarh & Delhi.

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Shivaraju B.S aka Cop Shiva

Shivaraju B.S aka Cop Shiva


Shivaraju B.S aka Cop Shiva is a policeman in real life and learnt photography to document events. He spent his youth growing up in a village near Bangalore .His interest in photography grew fro being part of an alternative art collective named 1 Shanthiroad Studio. Here he met local photographers and learnt to document the complexity of rural and urban India. He focused on portraiture as a genre and is fascinated by the idea of masquerade and roles people play in their public and private lives. He followed a school teacher, Bagadehalli Basavaraj , as a Gandhi impersonator..This ongoing project studies Gandhi’s ideals in contemporary India. His portfolio includes a series of intimate portraits of urban migrants, people of alternative sexuality street performers and others living in the hinterland of urban and rural conflict. Shiva continues to capture the diversity of humans who live on the edge and represent the spirit of our times. In March of 2013 , in Collaboration with Gallery Dravidam (Bangalore ) and the invitation of “The Anandpur Sahib Heritage Foundation”, Anandpur Sahib, Cop Shiva was invited to capture through his camera, the pulse of The Holla Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib during the festival of Holi .With his portraits of turbaned Sikhs , outdoing each other with intricate and elaborate designed turbans and also subtely focusing on the five K’s-Kesh-uncut hair, Kanga-comb, Kirpan-dagger, Kada-bracelet, Kaccha-sporting underwear, each one of these having a specific spiritual meaning exemplifying the warrior character of the Khalsa, Cop Shiva successfully captured the mood and vibrancy of this spectacular event. Cop’s curious lens continued to document moments from daily life, cooking at the langers-community kitchens, dressing and the daily acts of adornment, the action of martial arts on the streets, equestrian sports and Kabbadi. The various indigenous martial art traditions displayed practiced skills of self defense and attack. Cop Shiva in his distinct style was able to absorb the heaving crowds in a riot of colour and capture the mood of this vibrant and pulsating gathering, like an ocean of humanity keeping their faith.

Born in 1971, Suresh Muthukulam grew up in a small village nestled in the verdant backwaters of Kerala. Even as a two year old, he would spend hours drawing and painting and followed his passion to become one of the most creative contemporary artists in India today, following the 9th – 18th century Kerala mural tradition. His rst formal training was in the Indian gurukulam system, aer which he completed a four-year Fine Arts course. He traveled widely in Kerala, visiting temples and palaces where he was so inspired by the ancient Kerala murals, that he went on to do a ve-year course in the Kerala mural painting technique and trained under the legendary Sree Mammiyoor Krishnakutty Nair. I learned from him that all artists regardless of which culture or media they are using, have to completely immerse themselves in the structure and technique of their chosen path. Suresh follows the ancient technique of mural painting, using as far as possible, natural colors and the elements of this tradition to create works on canvas in a contemporary aesthetic style. Some of his works are a combination of images from the puranas and everyday village life. ey capture the rustic and the rural infused with the divine. His inspiration lies in the portrayal of the reincarnation of gods and mythological forms in everyday situations. Suresh’s recent portrayal of ‘e Last Supper’ in the traditional Kerala mural style, was gied by the Kerala Government to the Vatican Museum. His work on Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March is part of the Gandhi Museum Collection in New Delhi. More recently a 17 foot mural executed by him adorns wall at the newly opened Mumbai International Airport T 2 terminal, where artworks by India’s top traditional andcontemporaryartistshavebeendisplayed.Suresh hastheskillandvisiontospeakofoursecular times and bridge the past with present. In March 2013, Suresh spent time at the Holla Mohalla festival as a guest of the Sodhi’s of Anandpur Sahib and Anandpur Sahib Heritage Foundation. His keen eye has captured whimsical details of the Holla Mohalla which he translated into canvas’s in his trademark style borrowing elements from the traditional Kerala mural style. Sureshalsomanagedtocapturethespiritofthefestivalinanaestheticthathenurtures.His captivating canvas’s explore the vitality of the Nihang Singhs Martial Arts relating it to Kerala’s Kalaripayattuand the similarities in action and movement of these two unique traditions.
Suresh Muthukulam

Suresh Muthukulam


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