All roads lead to Kochi for art enthusiasts :

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Curated by Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the 108-day long Kochi Muziris Biennale opened on December 12 and will remain on view till March 29 at multiple venues in Kochi. The annual art event attracts artists, art students and connoisseurs from across India and the world.

Titled Forming in the pupil of an eye, the biennale will see line-up of performances and productions of 97 artists from 31 counties. The Kochi Muziris Biennale is spread across 12 major venues – Aspinwall House, Cabral Yard, Pepper House, David Hall, Durbar Hall, Kashi Art Cafe, Kashi Art Gallery, M A P Project Space, Anand Warehouse, T K M Warehouse, Cochin Club and Kottapuram Fort.

The event also includes conversations, workshops, music sessions, talks, Pepper House Residency exhibitions, artists cinema and Students Biennale, among other activities. KMB 2016 will feature works by 97 artists from 31 countries. Among the artistes from Chennai, who will be a part of the Biennale are dancer Padmini Chettur and artist Desmond Lazaro.

In keeping with its curatorial vision, this edition of the Biennale attempts to question and blur the boundaries that categorise the various disciplines of artistic expression. KMB 2016 will feature works by visual artists, poets, musicians and performance professionals from diverse cultural and artistic traditions. “In a time of ideological and cultural upheavals, the Biennale is an inspirational force. The stories that the KMB tells us instils a sense of pride in culture and stokes our creativity,” said secretary Riyas Komu.

The largest celebration of contemporary art was inaugurated on Monday by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Parade Ground, Kochi on Monday. Also in attendance will be state Culture Minister A.K. Balan, Former Minister of Culture M.A. Baby, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendra, Cine icon Mammootty and author N.S. Madhavan, among others.

Post the inaugural ceremony there will be a concert by singer Suman Sridhar and The Black Mamba. Inaugurating the KMBs third edition, Vijayan said the Biennale had gained significant credibility in the international contemporary art world and the government was looking to develop it along the lines of the Venice Biennale.

“The ancient history of Kochi is marked with adventure and the idea to organise the Biennale here tells us that there is adventure in its present too. Just as the Biennale created history in Kochi, a permanent venue for the Biennale will also create history,” he said.

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