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Murali Nagapuzha

Education - Self taught lives and works in Thrissur, Kerala.

Awards and Honours --National fellowship from Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India in 1986, for research work in Kalamezhuthu the traditional floral painting in Kerala;Kerala Lailitha Kala Academy Awards in 1992 and 1995;Raja Ravi Varma Birth Centenary Award in 1998;Executive Committee Member of Kerala Lalitha Kala Acadamy from 1999  to  2001; Kerala Chitra Kala Parishath honour in 1998;Pollock Krasener Foundation Grant in 2010.

For bright and vivacious Murali Nagapuzha, art is a way to spread a message, 'especially among children'. He says, 'My paintings have familiar images in them - birds, cats, goats, lotus, cows, butterflies, coconut trees. Children enjoy identifying themselves with my paintings. Seeing the children in my paintings play peek-a-boo with nature, they too feel like being one with nature. Children are our future and if they start caring for nature, they have a chance of a brighter future.'

Born and brought up in a village called Nagapuzha in Ernakulam district, amidst lush greenery, it is no wonder that Murali's works have plenty of green in them. The Malayalam author Basheer and the characters from his stories have been an inspiration for him too.Motivated by the French artist Henri Rousseau, Nagapuzha's canvasses are based on his own experience and memories of a Kerala where it is green all around. 

Murali Nagapuzha is the recipient of the prestigious Pollock Krasener Foundation Grant.