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The President of India hails Kochi Muziris Biennale initiative
  • March 2017

Highlighted the Importance of Sustainable  Cultural Building

Contemporary art is one of the most significant ways of expressing thoughts, emotions, concerns and ideas that are current and relevant to us in the time we live in  said Mr.Pranab Mukherjee , President of India while inaugurating the Kochi Muziris Biennale Seminar on ‘Importance of Sustainable Cultural Building’ in Kochi, Kerala recently.  

The President hails the Kochi Muziris Biennale initiative and said that the fact that Kerala, the land of history and tradition, now hosts the largest show of contemporary art in the region, and that too a show that was seeded by Government, speaks of the unique ways of this State and its people.

The President of India added that Kerala has always been known for its secular approach towards art and culture and Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a proud symbol of this approach and the sense of oneness and inclusivity that exists here. The President said that the Kochi Biennale Foundation is a good case study of what is possible when differing agencies come together to pursue profound goals: to value culture, and the achievements of the human spirit, to celebrate the human imagination, and to make those achievements key markers of development. But most importantly this model should be replicated in different parts of the country. In the Inagural address he pointed out  the collaborative nature of the partnership between the government and the Kochi Biennale Foundation, and the very successful result of that partnership, is proof of what can be achieved when a government invests in culture. Public funding for the arts provides support, offers certainty and the opportunity to touch the lives of vast numbers of people.

Photo Caption: Mr. Riyaz Komu, Eminent Artist and Curaotor of Kochi Muziris Biennale presenting a painting to Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India at the inauguration of the Kochi Muziris Biennale Seminar on ‘Importance of Sustainable Cultural Building’, at Kochi. Justice (Retd.)Mr.  P. Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala and  Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan,  Chief Minister of Kerala  are also seen.

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