Entry-pass introduced in Kochi Biennale
Story Dated: Saturday, December 22, 2012 21:15 hrs IST
Kochi: Organizers of Kochi Muziris-Biennale informed Saturday that they would be introducing entry-pass from Sunday onwards due to severe financial constraints of the ongoing Biennale. The entry fee will be Rs 50 for an adult and Rs 10 for students and children. The art fest, first of its kind in the country, was open to all without entry fee since its inaugural on 12th December .
Visitors have to avail pass to see art exhibits at Aspinwall House, Peper House, Darbar Hall, David Hall and Moidu's Heritage Plaza. Entry-pass will be available at Aspinwall House and Darbar Hall. Visitors can use one pass for all exhibition spots for one time. However, they do not have to see all places in a day.
The entry-pass will be punched before entering the exhibition hall. Visitors need not to avail pass for the remaining spots, which are Kashi Art Gallary, Aspinwall Cabral Yard, Mattancheri Dutch warehouses, Lay out 2, Kvalthi Dock, Cochin Club and the beach.
Celebrities and public figures had come in support of the art fest, that include Bollywood actor John Abraham , Malayalam super star Mammootty , Adoor Gopalakrishan and JSS leader K R Gouriamma. Gouriamma visited Rahul Ravi's frames of Jew famalies in Kochi, exhibited in Darbar Hall. It brought her old memories of her Jewish friends in St. Teresa’s College.
As she spent almost an hour defying ill-health, she noted that visitors will never feel disappointed for spending time in Biennale. She was accompanied by CPM leader and former State Education Minister M A Baby.
A Supporters' Forum, a group of artists and writers, came in for financial support of Kochi Biennale. "The fruits of this Biennale will benefit in the future. So we decided to give a portion of our income for Kochi Muziris-Biennale", members of the Supporters' Forum said.