Padmanabhan Kunchukuttan

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Melbourne, AustraliaPadmanabhan Kunchukuttan Sales Support, Promoter

Short Background:

I was born in Trivandrum, Kerala in a cusp of two South Indian cultures with father (a Malayali) originating from Palaghat and mother (a Tamil brahmin) from an orthodox Tamil Iyer family. Born to a family of musicians on mother’s side, Carnatic music and any form of music was deeply ingrained into my early childhood. Learning Mridangam from Maestro Vinayagaram and learning Carnatic from a family of singers – music with me. Art and Music was an integral part of my schooling life in Madras (what is Chennai today) and college life in Thanjavur. After being a lead singer in School and college orchestra, like every other middle class, the 70s born, work and economic pressures substituted art and music.

In pursuit of a successful career and a stable home for my dependents, 25 years have gone without any life outside of Corporate life. When Senthil offered an opportunity to be part of IIFAG – I welcomed this without thinking twice. What excites me about being part of IIFAG,

  1. Fascinating murals of Kerala temples and Crafty Gold & Stonework of Tanjore painting are two art forms that need more coverage globally. IIFAG allows showcasing these two of my favourite South Indian visual artforms to my global friends.
  2. Numerous Indian Folk-art forms are restricted to Indian families. Traditionally these are passed on from one generation to another within their families. In the modern world, the number of Indians living abroad are robbed of exposure to these arts even if they are from such families where the art thrived just a few decades ago. IIFAG enables the transfer of knowledge to our next generation thereby such beautiful art forms thrive and live the test of time.
  3. Like Senthil, there are several hidden talents in India and abroad with a passion for their desired folk art yet no global platform to demonstrate their passion and exhibit their craft. The prospect of collaborating with these talents and helping them come out of their shell to make the world see their work really excites me.