The Purushottam Public Trust Scholarships
As an important form of Contemporary and Modern Art, Graphic Printmaking is unique and exhaustive, expensive and laborious to practice. The Purushottam Annual Merit Award for Printmaking encourages artists to continue this art form through monetary support as well as offering a platform for them to showcase their work. We hope to play a small role by helping talented budding artists, especially print-makers. The core objective is to provide initial momentum to a deserving artist as he/she leaves the cocooned existence of a university and embarks on a professional journey.
One of the main initiatives of the Trust is, therefore, to offer scholarships to new talent in the filed of print making, and we offer scholarships and a platform for exposure to them.
In alignment with this, every year, since 2014, the Purushottam Public Trust has awarded an annual merit award to a student in the field of print-making.
This is executed under the aegis of the Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts and the Head of the Department of Graphics at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat - the premier institution of contemporary Indian art in the country. This annual merit award is conferred on the student securing highest marks in the final examinations of the Graphic Arts Course (Practical). The awardee receives a monetary award of Rupees One Lac, as well as the opportunity to showcase his/her works at the end of the year at a premier art gallery in Vadodara.
The Purshottam Public Trust awarded its Annual Merit Scholarship for the year 2014 to Murali Chinnasamy.
C. Murali completed his Bachelors in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Madras University, Chennai, and pursued a Masters in Visual Arts (Printmaking) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Vadodara. As part of the Trust's merit award, he held his fist solo show in 2015 at the Red Earth Art Galleries in Vadodara, in addition to participating in several group shows and exhibitions participation across India and aboard.
The artist draws from organic and the tempered in his work. "Nature’s calm and quite beauty has always been an essential part of my life. I never begin with a pre-conceived idea in my mind. I find doing so restrictive, and I would rather my work has unrestrained freedom to grow in any direction that seems most natural to it. In this sense, my work is also easily affected and moulded by my own moods. Even when I deal with abstract form, I genuinely portray them with sense of rationalism."
Click HERE to download his resume.