Mangaluru, Dec 15, 2018: Visitors to the district office complex here on Friday were pleasantly surprised to see some of the old landmarks of the city getting unveiled on canvass as 13 women artists brought Mangaluru Retro alive.
They were part of a workshop, Poorva Thorana, an initiative of the district administration and the Kannada and Culture, to enliven old Mangaluru and introduce it to the new generation.
Inaugurating the workshop, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumara said that art has no boundaries of caste, creed, language and religion; in fact, it helps everyone bond.
Among the participants, Zena Colaco, stood apart as she could only see things because of her hearing and speech impairment. As instructed by her mother, Ms. Colaco was bringing to life the old Clock Tower on the canvass.
So was Bhagirathi Bhandarkar who was painting the Clock Tower.
Kurshid was busy bringing alive the second oldest mosque of India and the oldest in Karnataka, the Zeenath Baksh Masjid, inaugurated in AD 644 and located in Bunder. Renovated by Tipu Sultan, the masjid is impressive with its architecture and painting, Ms. Kurshid said.
On the other hand, Jayashree Sharma chose to paint the St. Agnes College that was opened in 1921 to provide education to women. The institution helped many girls from traditional families in the earlier days to obtain formal education, Ms. Sharma said.
Car Street, which is now widened and paved with concrete, was not the same a few years ago, said Rachana Suraj, who was bringing the Car Street and the Temple Square of the olden days into life. Jyothi Shetty was busy painting St. Aloysius College established in 1880. While Veena Madhusudhan was painting the Surathkal Light House, Nisha Bangera was attempting to bring Sultan Bathery Fort into life; Dhanyashree the Light House on Bavutagudde; Apoorva Shetty the Basel Mission; Jayalakshmi the Old Municipality Building; Ashwitha the Hampanakatte of yesteryear and Dhanya, the Car Street as in 1929.
Sapna Naronha, workshop coordinator, said that the paintings would go on exhibition soon in one of the galleries in the city and later, they would either be kept at the district office or on the Kannada and Culture Department premises.
Environmentalist Prabha Kudva, artists Dinesh Holla, Koti Prasad Alva, Ganesh Somayaji and others were present.
Courtesy: The hindu