The Kochi Biennale and the Artistic South

South India is a cultural and artistic kaleidoscope in its own right. On this journey, explore the contemporary arts scene of the region as it coexists with the indigenous classical and folk arts. Exclusive interactions with artists and craftsmen along the way will lend you unique insights into the timeless traditions of the artistic south. Begin your journey with the Kochi Biennale for an immersion in contemporary art installations by artists from across the world, charmingly set in the backdrop of the ancient Kochi port. Move on to Bengaluru for a specially curated tour of the city’s modern art scene, take a walk into the cultural alleyways of the city of Chennai, indulge in classical music in Pondicherry, meet with sculptors in Mahabalipuram, visit a bronze facility in Thanjavur that still employs a thousand year-old method of sculpting.

ABOVE: Artists performing the traditional dance of Kalaripayattu, a form of martial arts born and nurtured in Kerala.


  • Attend the Kochi Biennale, where several artists from across the world convene to share ideas and works
  • Meet with an Indian classical musician and get a deeper insight into the lifelong devotion that is her art
  • Have a curated tour of the contemporary arts scene in Bengaluru with an art expert
  • Explore a private collection of masterpieces of glass-dust paintings in the Tanjore tradition
  • Watch a bronze sculpture come to life using a method more than a thousand years old
    August - April
    12.12.16 to 29.03.17
    September to March

LEFT: A series of Art installations painted across spaces, evoking themes of nostalgia, history and its people.

ABOVEErasure by Dingh Q Lê: A debris of photos next to a broken boat, evoking trauma and desperation of numerous people across history.

RIGHT: The festival brings together a vibrant cornucopia of perspectives and art through symbols that speak through independence of language.