2002 – 2003


In continuation with the Foundation’s sustained effort to encourage and preserve tribal art, the Kurumba artists were provided with art materials and incentives to do the art for commercial marketing. The trained tribal youth, were given many commercial orders, from

  • Key Stone, Nilgiris.
  • C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre, Chennai.
  • Many small orders for greeting cards

The foundation helped artist Kitna to gain a fellowship from Indra Gandhi Memorial Trust, New Delhi, for promoting Kurumba art tradition. He was awarded with a one-year fellowship with a stipend.

An exhibition of Kurumba art was held at the Tourist Centre, Ooty, on May 29 and 30, 2002. Shri. R.V. Vaidyanatha Iyer, Secretary, Department of Culture, New Delhi, inaugurated the exhibition. Mrs. C.K. Gariyali, I.A.S., and Smt. Supriya Sahu, I.A.S., Collector of Nilgiris, presided. A special visitor was His Holiness Poojyashri Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham .