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Eminent artist Shri C. N. Karunakaran passed away

C N KarunakaranEminent painter C. N. Karunakaran expired at Kochi on Saturday noon following a brief  illness. Shri. Karunakaran was the former chairman of the Kerala Lalitakala Academy and had won many prestigious awards.

Born in 1940 at Brahmakulam near Guruvayur in Thrissur District, Mr. Karunakaran secured diplomas in design and painting from the Government School of Arts and Crafts in Chennai. After completing studies, Mr. Karunakaran worked as an art director in Chennai for many Tamil films. He returned to Kerala in the 1970s to take charge of Kochi-based Kalapeetom, an institution formed by painters from across the state.

He later started “Chitrakootam”, the first private art gallery of Kerala. He has also worked as an art director for Malayalam movies such as Aswathamavu, Ore Thooval Pakshikal, Akkare, Purushartham and Aaleesinte Anweshanam.

His illustrations have appeared in many literary and cultural publications in Malayalam, giving life to characters in great works of modern Malayalam literature.

C. N. Karunakaran(1940-14 December 2013) was an internationally renowned painter from India. He was the Former Chairman of the Kerala Lalitakala Academy. He was born in 1940 at Brahmakulam, near Guruvayur, Trissur District, Kerala. He has done diplomas in design and painting from the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai under renowned artists D.P. Roy Choudhari and K.C.S. Panikker. He passed away in Kochi on 14 December 2013 following a period of brief illness.

After completing his studies, Karunakaran worked as art director and made ad films in Chennai. He returned to Kerala in 1970, to take charge of Kalapeetom (Kerala Institute of Arts) in Kochi.

He started “Chitrakoodam”, which was the first private art gallery in Kerala (1973 to 1977). He has worked as art director for Malayalam movies such as Aswathamavu, Ore Thooval Pakshikal, Akkare, Purushartham and Aaleesinte Anweshanam.

C N KarunakaranHis illustrations have appeared in Malayala Manorama Weekly, Kalakaumudi Weekly, Kerala Kaumudi, Malayalanadu, Chintha, Deshabhimani, Kumkumam Mathrubhumi, Bhashaposhini & India Today. They also appear in Lore and Legends of Kerala, selection from the Aithihyamala published by OUP.

An exhibition of his works was conducted at the Embassy of India in Washington on September 5, 2003. Following this start to his American tour, his works were displayed at the Athithi Indian Restaurant, also in Washington D.C. Later these works were viewed at the Asian Art Gallery, Virginia.

Awards

Government of Madras Gold Medal for the Best outgoing student – 1956
Madras Lalitha Kala Academy award – 1964
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy award – in the years 1971, 1972, & 1975
P.T. Bhaskara Paniker Award – 2000
Malayattoor Ramakrishnan Award – 2003
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy Fellowship – 2005

Filmography as Art Director

Aswathamavu
Ore Thooval Pakshikal
Akkare
Purushartham
Aaleesinte Anweshanam

Courtesy : THE HINDU & Wikipedia

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