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Mural painting brings an elevating experience, thanks to the greatness of the themes drawn from Hindu mythology, as well as their purity of lines, freshness of colours and depth of expression. The student will discover the ancient mural painting technique known as "semi-fresca" (similar to the famous Ajanta murals). He/she will learn traditional drawing and painting styles and the method of mixing paints from natural pigments. Separate boards are used as "walls", which the students can take with them. Here too, you always start sketching themes from Hindu mythology and then painting with water colours before you start using natural colours, which takes time.
The Murals of Kerala bear the stamp of uniqueness in aesthetic composition and technique. Murals came into vogue in Kerala as early as the 8th century AD.

The most antique Murals of Kerala are found in the Thirunandikkara Cave Temple in Thiruvananthapuram district, now a part of Kanya Kumari district of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. The temple and palace Murals of Kerala are invariably sagas of Hindu gods and goddesses and visual poems of their heroic deeds.
Particular Centre For The Art Form
The Murals in Padmanabhapuram Palace offer a feast of colours and motifs for the connoisseur of art. The triple storeyed 'Uppirikka Malika' houses the retiring chamber of the king and the heir apparent.

The main chamber has its inner walls decorated with fine Murals of gods and goddesses. The central motif is Anathapadmanabha, the chief deity of the erstwhile Travancore Maharajas.

Mural Paintings

Mural Paintings in Bangkok

On the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river and along Khlong Bangkok Noi and Khlong Bangkok Om Noi, several temples have beautiful, interesting and certainly pictoresque mural paintings.

These are not really accessible for the visiting tourist. They certainly do not feature on any guided tourist tour. The temples housing these painting are often in a state of disrepair, and locked to the general public. One has to be able to speak Thai language, be patient and assertive at the same time, to get these treasures unlocked.

Unfortunately, it can be expected that most of what you see here, will disappear in the real world in the next 50 years or so. The stucco murals really are suffering a lot, and not sufficient effort and money is being spent on preserving them.

Where to find?

Ancient places like Padmanabhapuram, Krishnapuram and Mattancherry are enriched with murals. Temples like Padmanabha Swami temple, Panayannarkavu, Pundareekapuram, Ettumanoor, Thruprayar, Kottakkal, Thotteekkalam and Lokanarkavu also have walls decorated with murals. The churches like Kottayam Cheriya Palli, Cheppad Church, Ankamalli Church, Kanjoor Church and Akkapparambu Church also have murals, to decorate their walls. All these are done in Kerala style.