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'Biennale' puts India on art map, Kochi to host three-month long event


Naveen Nair,CNN-IBN
Dec 13, 2012 at 09:55am IST

Kochi: As the curtains go up at the greatest show of contemporary art around the globe, we realise that this time, the world famous 'Biennale' is happening in God's own country. The spectacular art show has come to India's shores. During the three-month long event, around 80 contemporary artists from 24 countries will showcase their artistic masterpieces.

So how is the beginning in a place that's just crazy about everything else but contemporary art? Bose Krishnamachari, Artistic Director of 'Biennale', says that the response so far has been good. "It has been superb, we've some work left but then it's all in progression and it will be here for another three months."

'Biennale' as the name suggests is an art festival that happens every two years. Cities like Venice and Lyon are famous for such events, but it's a pioneering effort in Kochi and the organisers say that the potential is quite big. "This kind of exposure is tremendous rare opportunity to see the best in the world," said Hormis Tharakan of the organising committee.

The inaugural event saw a sizzling performance from the Oscar-nominated English performer M.I.A. It's not just art that's got Kochi going gaga about 'Biennale', what the art show brings with it is a huge potential for the ailing tourist industry. The next three months will tell us whether the 'Biennale' is going to stay a regular feature or not in Kerala's itinerary.

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