KOCHI: The Durbar Hall Art Gallery is abuzz with unique visuals treats. Being the venue for Samanwaya, a 10-day art and cultural fest, there is a lot of activity at its centre. The event, according to many, is empowering the marginalised communities and giving space to transgenders, dalits and tribals. Around 40 artists from the transgender community, from various parts of the state and the country participated in the painting camp which was organised as part of the event .
T A Satyapal, chairman, Kerala Lalithakala Akademi said the response of the people who come to watch the camp was overwhelming. When some of them walked in to congratulate the initiative personally, it was an honour for the Akademi, he said. Satyapal further said transgenders and other marginalised sections of the society will be included in all the camps that the Akademi will organise in the future. “Society’s approach to transgender community has to change and Samanwaya was an attempt in this direction,” he added.
Artists from Kerala, including T Kaladharan, G Rajendran and C S Jayaram are participating in the painting camp. Apart from that, wood carving, photography, phad painting and portrait demonstration camps are also being organised. Samanwaya will conclude on July 23.