Kanayi Kunhiraman

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Kanayi Kunhiraman
Kanayi kunjiraman.jpg
Born (1937-07-25) 25 July 1937 (age 80)[1]
Kuttamath, Kasaragod district
Occupation Sculptor
Years active 1960 - present
Notable work Tamilnadu Woman, Malampuzha Yakshi, Sagarakanyaka

Kanayi Kunhiraman (Malayalam: കാനായി കുഞ്ഞിരാമന്‍ born 25 July 1937)[1] is a sculptor[2] from Kuttamath in Hosdurg Taluk in Kasaragod district of Kerala state, India. He is the Former Chairman of the Lalit Kala Academy.[1]

Kunhiraman is the first sculptor recipient of the Raja Ravi Varma Award, which includes 1 lakh in cash, a citation and a statue, sculptured by Kunhiraman himself. It was conferred by Kerala's Chief Minister Oommen Chandy at Thiruvananthapuram.[1]

Recently, two of his creations, Melathara and Kalithara, were inaugurated with accompaniment from a violin concert by L. Athira Krishna in Quilon Sopanam Complex, Kerala.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kanayi was born on 25 July 1937 at Kuttamath in Kasaragod District of Kerala. After completing his schooling, he passed the SSLC examination in 1957. By then he had already found his vocation. He ran away from home when he was barely seventeen because the elders strongly disapproved of his creative pursuits. He felt stifled in the conservative atmosphere of the traditional joint family, where the primary role of the youth was to obey unquestioningly the instructions of the elders, predominantly the patriarch.[1]



Selected works[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e [dead link]"Official website". Kanayi Kunhiraman. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Raja Ravi Varma Award". The Hindu. 30 April 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS". Athira. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  4. ^ [dead link]"Milestones of Kanai". Kanayi Kunhiraman. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  5. ^ [dead link]"Awards". Kanayi Kunhiraman. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  6. ^ [dead link]"Works of Art". Kanayi Kunhiraman. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 

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