Kochi-Muziris Biennale-2016

Biennale, like a portmanteau film, sports several disparate narratives in chaotic harmony. It is the antithesis of gallery art and seeks to conjure up a ‘carnival’ world, in Mikhail Bhaktin’s lingo, where the sublime, the ordinary, the kitschy and the profane jostle for space. While India boasts a robust history of hosting triennales beginning 1968 when the legendary Mulk Raj Anand leveraged his clout to bring the who’s who of global art to India, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale that opens at the culturally-rich Fort Kochi on  12-Dec-2016 and ends on 29-Mar-2017. It was the first of its kind started on 12-Dec-2012 for more than one reason, placing equal thrust on contemporary art and traditional folk and classical arts from various parts of India