Young artists would gather at the Sanghumugham Art Museum on 14th February to paint the images of ‘Loving Body’, Lokakeralam Bureau reports:

As a part of the ongoing ‘Body’ Exhibition curated by Johny ML at the Sanghumugham Art Museum (SAM), Thiruvananthapuram, the young artists in the city would gather at the museum premises on 14th February 2019 for celebrating the Valentine’s Day. ‘Loving Body’ is the theme that the SAM authorities have chosen for the youngsters to paint, sculpt or make sand sculptures at the Sanghumugham Beach. “Body is an interesting exhibition that has changed the art viewing tendencies of our city. We want to take it further and inviting the young artists to paint ‘love’ pictures is an effort to create a new art audience among the young people in the city. It is a reach out program as well as a celebration of love,” said Dr.Ajit kumar, Director of SAM.

Dr. Ajit Kumar

The Director also said that the ‘Body’ exhibition has already caught the imagination of the young kids in the vicinity of the museum. “There are a few fishing villages here and the parents have started bringing their children who show some inclination to drawing and painting. An eighth standard girl, Anupama came with a portrait of our former President Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam and presented to me. She in fact wanted it to be appreciated and if possible exhibited in the museum!”


Sanghumugham being a famous beach with a lot of local and classy food available around, the ambiance is already conducive for cultural activities. “There is a common belief that the beach revelers are least interested in cultural activities. The common view is that they need

Johny ML

some food and fun, not culture in the beach. But our experience is different; the day when the Body show was inaugurated by the Tourism and Dewasom Minister Shri Kadakampally Surendran, the beach goers came in batches and we had to stop selling tickets and let everyone go inside. Hence in my view, if you give culture to people they would enjoy it even in the beach. Already they are taking a lot of selfies with Kanai’s Mermaid,” observed JohnyML, curator of the Body show.

Mayor, V K Prasanth

City Mayor Shri VK Prashant is positive about the future of the Sanghumugham Art Museum. “We have decided to extent all the possible support to the museum. We are looking forward to various reach out programs by the SAM. Dr.Ajit kumar has informed me that a series of interesting exhibitions and seminars have been lined for the current year. We the Corporation would be doing everything we can to make SAM the cultural hub of the city,” the Mayor Said.


An illustrated catalogue with the introductory essay by the curator will be released on 14th February. The Mayor will release the catalogue in the presence of senior artists namely B.D.Dethan, Babu Xavier, N.N.Rimzon and Ajayakumar.