C. N. Karunakaran
Brahmakulam, Thrissur, Kerala state, India
|Died||December 14, 2013|
|Occupation||Painter, art director|
|Awards||Government of Madras Gold Medal for the Best outgoing student (1956)
Madras Lalitha Kala Academy award (1964)
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy award (1971, 1972, 1975)
P.T. Bhaskara Paniker Award (2000)
Malayattoor Ramakrishnan Award (2003)
Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy Fellowship (2005)
C. N. Karunakaran (1940 – 14 December 2013) was a painter from India. He was the Chairman of the Kerala Lalitakala Academy. He was born in 1940 at Brahmakulam in Thrissur District of Kerala. Karunakaran received degrees in design and painting from the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Madras while studying under the tutelage of the renowned artists D.P. Roy Choudhari and K. C. S. Paniker. He died in Kochi on 14 December 2013 following a period of brief illness.
After completing his studies, Karunakaran worked as art director and made ad films in Chennai. He returned to Kerala in 1970, to take charge of Kalapeetom (Kerala Institute of Arts) in Kochi.
Karunakaran founded "Chitrakoodam", which was the first private art gallery in Kerala (1973 to 1977). He has worked as art director for Malayalam movies such as Aswathamavu, Ore Thooval Pakshikal, Akkare, Purushartham and Alicinte Anveshanam.
Karunakaran's illustrations have appeared in Manorama Weekly, Kalakaumudi, Kerala Kaumudi Weekly, Malayalanadu, Chintha, Deshabhimani Weekly, Kumkumam, Mathrubhumi Weekly, Bhashaposhini and India Today. They also appear in Lore and Legends of Kerala, selection from the Aithihyamala published by OUP.
An exhibition of his works was conducted at the Embassy of India in Washington on 5 September 2003. Following this start to his American tour, his works were displayed at the Aditi Indian Restaurant, also in Washington, D.C. Later these works were viewed at the Asian Art Gallery, Virginia.
- Government of Madras Gold Medal for the Best outgoing student (1956)
- Madras Lalit Kala Akademi Award (1964)
- Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Award (1971, 1972, 1975)
- P. T. Bhaskara Paniker Award (2000)
- Malayattoor Ramakrishnan Award (2003)
- Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Fellowship (2005)
Filmography as art director
The following is the list of his solo exhibitions of paintings.
- Madras- 1968,75 & 93
- Kochi- 1970.84,92,94,96,97,98,2000,2001 & 2005
- Calicut- 1973,93 & 98
- Thiruvananthapuram- 1995,96, 98 & 2000
- Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai- 1996,2000 & 2005
- Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai- 1997 & 2000
- The Gallery Leela, Mumbai- 1997
- ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi- 1999
- Galeria Ralino, Goa- 1999
- Art Konsult Gallery, New Delhi- 2000
- Nehru Centre, Mumbai-2001,2004
- Kottayam- 2001
- Thrissur- 2001
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- 2002
- Parathy, Brazil- 2002, São Paulo,Brazil-2002
- Brasilia, Brazil-2002
- Embassy of India Washington DC, USA-2003
- "Adithi" Indian Cuisine, Washington DC, USA- 2003, Asian Art Gallery, Vienna-2003, Kuwait-2003
- Travancore Gallery- New Delhi-2006
- Group Shows at all Major Cities in India and Abroad since 1963
- Special Correspondent (14 December 2013). "Artist C. N. Karunakaran passes away". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- "Artist C. N. Karunakaran passes away". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 14 December 2013.
- "Profile". cnkarunakaran.com.
- "C.N. Karunakaran Profile". Chaithanya Art Gallery.
- "LORE AND LEGENDS OF KERALA". oup.co.in.
- "Artist Profile". Chaithanya Art Gallery.
- Chithrakala Oru Samagra Padanam, book written by R. Raveendanath
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