Malampuzha's Yakshi turns 50
Yakshi created by Kanayi Kunhiraman 50 years ago still remains a wonder, said culture minister A K Balan. Inaugurating the 10-day -long 50th anniversary celebrations of the most-popular sculpture in the state, the minister recalled the backlash a young Kanayi had received years ago. "The sculptor was even physically attacked as many dubbed the statue as obscene," the minister said. The 30-feet tall statue facing the Western Ghats was created and installed at Malampuzha Gardens, near the Malampuzha Dam, in 1969. It is one of the well-known tourist destinations in the state.
My sculptures not for money, says Kanayi
"I have never given monetary value to my sculptures which is perhaps the way of the art world now," noted sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman has said. Speaking after receiving the M.K. Sanu Guruprasadam Puraskaram on Monday at an event organised at Changampuzha Samskarika Kendram, Mr. Kunhiraman said he had found sculpting his language to communicate on his own physical and spiritual self.