KOCHI: Kerala CM Oommen Chandy officially inaugurated the 108-day long festival.It is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi, Kerala.
The evening began with a two-hour traditional ensemble featuring 305 artistes playing ethnic drums, cymbals, pipes and horns. In the middle of their performance it began to drizzle, which was followed by a slow and continuous rain. Yet the guests remained seated and watched the performance under umbrellas.
However, when the Chief Minister along with a few other dignitaries arrived, heavy showers lashed the venue, but they all chose to speak about the second edition of the art festival, braving the rain.”Kerala has of late become a major gateway of arts for the whole world,” said Chandy.
“Each artwork at the biennale is a wonder in itself,” he added.
The Chief Minister also said that the state government was considering giving the KMB grants more than the Rs. 2 crore which they had provided for in this edition.
Kerala Culture Minister KC Joseph ended the ceremony on a lighter note saying “we began with rain,will end with a thunder”.
Titled “Whorled Explorations”, this edition has been curated by Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallt who has delved with the theme of astronomical spaces and maritime history of the port city to merge its historical past with a mystical future.