10,000 visitors at Kochi Biennale in first 3 days

PTI Kochi | Updated on November 20, 2017

Artist Sheela Gowda and her husband Christoph Storz with their work at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. -- K.K. Mustafah   -  The Hindu

Joseph Semah's installation on the theme of the 72 copper plates awarded to religious communities by the Chera kings. -- K.K. Mustafah   -  The Hindu

Chinese artist Sun Xun with his work on history at the Kochi Muziris Biennale. -- K.K. Mustafah   -  The Hindu

Rapper M.I.A performs at Parade Ground during the inaugural ceremony of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012 in Kochi on Wednesday.   -  PTI

The first three days of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale registered roughly 10,000 footfalls with a chunk of them at the Aspinwall House in Fort Kochi, according to organisers of the three-month art bonanza.

“Thursday alone recorded more than 3,000 footfalls. Going by the initial indication, we should be hitting the originally estimated eight lakh visitors by the end of the Biennale (on March 13 next year),” a key functionary with the Kochi Biennale foundation said.

The sea-facing Aspinwall House, the hub of the extravaganza, has been attracting the maximum visitors, followed by Pepper House in the neighbourbood, he said.

“The long queue of cars on the side of the road adjoining Aspinwall is one suggestion. Towards evening, there is a surge in the crowd.”

People out on an evening stroll or those who dropped by after office hours were disappointed as entry to the venues was closed by 6 pm.

“Lets come on a weekend,” said one family which was passing by on Friday evening to visit the exhibition that is free.

Noted writer Paul Zacharia, who was in Fort Kochi, said the Biennale would be “biggest turning point” in the contemporary art history of Kerala.

“Malayalis have massive festivals for cinema, drama and other art forms. What we needed was a Biennale. I hope my State-mates would make full use of it,” he said. “It will also give a new face to Kerala’s cultural tourism.”

At the leafy compound of the Aspinwall, Dutch artist Joseph Semah and Clifford Charles of South Africa, who featured in the ‘Let’s Talk’ series of the Biennale yesterday, spoke on the current trends in art and the new sensibilities it has been acquiring in recent times.

A Thira programme was also staged at Aspinwall in which two performing artistes of the traditional folk art danced to the beat of drummers, all of them from Sankaramangalam, a village near Pattambi in Palakkad district.

Published on December 15, 2012

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