Celebrating 25 Years of KC High

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A grand Art Symposium took place at KC High School in Navalur with the theme of Art and Sustainability on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2024.

What is a symposium, you may ask. “An art fair is where one can go and view the artworks of a particular artist or a group of artists or grouped under a theme, while a symposium is where we conduct workshops, discussions with artists, gallery walk, and so on. It is interactive, hands-on, and we get to connect with and appreciate the artists and the art more” say Diana and Vijayaraghavan, Art teachers at KC High.

The chief guest to the symposium was Ms Tarika Ram, a student of Ms. Diana Shatish for the past 7 years and a homeschooler for the past 10. She has had 3 successful solo exhibitions at Cholamandalam Artists’ Village, Dakshin Chitra, and Alliance Francaise, Chennai based on the Tirukkural. She has also participated in group exhibitions in Mumbai, Coimbatore, & Chennai, and will be exhibiting in New York in July 2024.

The Symposium on the 22nd March 2024 started off with a parade by students and teachers, dressed up as their favourite artists or artwork or carrying their favourite quotes to create awareness of Art and Sustainability. A girl with a pearl earring, Frida Kahlo, Raja Ravi Varma, Vincent Van Gogh, and many more paraded through the colourful hallways of KC High as the other students and teachers cheered them on.

The event was then formally inaugurated by the Director of our school, Ms Valli Subbiah.

Followed by the inauguration was Tholubommalata, a puppet show based on the timeless epic Mahabharat by Anjanappa Kandey and team. Mr Kandey is a 7th-generation artist passionate about performing puppet shows and conveying social messages through drama.

This was followed by several inspiring talks by artists like Mr A L Aparajithan Adimoolam about the contribution of the Madras Art School to society, Radhika Krish about exploring with recycled glass, Sai Akhil Anand about Maths and Art. These were thoroughly enjoyed by the rapt audience of art enthusiasts.

Many workshops were also lined up to get the creative juices flowing. A workshop on mask making with recycled paper by Mr Siva Murugan, a sustainable community art workshop by Mr Blasie Joseph, Cyanotype art workshop by Mr.Varun Gupta and his team from Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation, a textile art installation using recycled materials by Mr Naresh and team, renowned folk artist Sai Kiran’s Cheriyal folk art, a pottery workshop with Mr Ravinder and team, the visual treat of fine art display by Mr Selvakannan Rathinam, and all the artwork displays of the KC students were enjoyed and appreciated by the KC community and the schools that participated in the event.

The Art Symposium proved to be a vibrant addition to the already colourful and aesthetic KC campus with the presence of great artists and engaging workshops. The carnival of colours was an inner child check on dexterity, creativity, and stability. The two-day symposium lit up the hearts and the campus.

The intricacies, nuances, and sheer satisfaction from the symposium was unparalleled. In the words of Pablo Picasso, “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist after growing up”. KC High has indeed taken great strides to address this problem!

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