Kochi: With the Kochi Biennale Foundation announcing free entry to Biennale venues on Mondays, there has been an increase in the visit of students from neighbouring schools in the last few weeks.
For educational institutions in and around Fort Kochi and Mattancherry, the Kochi Muziris Biennale has opened up a “new big world” where the young students get a chance to know more about art.
“The biennale strives to bring knowledge of contemporary art to the young generation,” said KMB ’14 director Bose Krishnamachari. “We would recommend that teachers should also join students in biennale visits. If we are alerted in advance on such visits, the biennale organisers will be happy to meet students personally and do what it takes to make it a memorable visit for them,” he added.
“The students are very much thrilled to visit the Biennale venues. In fact, they are really amazed to see the works on display. The only drawback is that we do not have enough time to see all the exhibits,” said Rameshkumar Bhat, a teacher of Mattancherry TD High School, who accompanied over 250 students from the school.
Popular south Indian actor Nadia Moidu, who visited the Biennale on Monday, suggested that families should visit the biennale together. “You probably will not understand all the works, but each work conveys an inherent meaning to the viewer,” she added.
Contemporary dancer and choreographer Astab Deboo too felt that the “the works were inspiring”. “We need to really appreciate the effort that has gone in for organising an event of this magnitude,” he added.