Anil Kumar Sankara
Murals have held a fascination for me since young. Born at Haripad in Kerala state of India. I spent most of my childhood days at Parumala near Panayannar Kavu Devi Temple, which is well known, for traditional mural paintings.
Admiring and appreciating the beautiful murals etched on the walls of the Temple I was intrigued by the intricate nature of the work and its arresting beauty. I would spend hours admiring these works and slowly I tried my hand at reproducing the pictures etched in my mind.
Drawing was a passionate hobby I earnestly pursued in my school days and also took part in art competitions in school winning prizes.
At the age of 18 I joined the Indian Navy. I again started to really refocus on my passion after becoming an instructor in Singapore navy under ST Education & Training Pte Ltd. I honed my skills on traditional mural paintings.
I have also experimented mural paintings with Singapore as well as western themes and motifs.
Kerala style mural paintings is a very unique art in five colours and dates back to over a thousand years. The style stands out for its emphasis on beauty, clarity and symmetry.
My works in Kerala traditional mural paintings were exhibited in “Varanam” annual art exhibitions organised by Singapore Malayalee Association in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 , Art exhibition Unity in Diversity at National Library in 2016 and Palettes of Passion at Siglap south CC in Singapore in 2016.