Exhibition on ART of “PUNYAKODI” on August 11th – 13th.
Art of Punyakoti – A celebration of all life forms within nature – launches August 11 th
2016 – Chennai
‘Punyakoti’ India’s first crowd funded & crowd sourced Sanskrit animated movie is launching
The Art of Punyakoti – an exhibition of exclusive abstract artworks inspired by the folksong
The Art of Punyakoti is conceptualized by Shereen Abraham a Dubai based artist who takes
inspiration from the colors and simple experiences of everyday life.
The message of Punyakoti holds a special place in Shereen’s mind and her art titled
Punyakoti adds voice to the core essence of Punyakoti – All life forms are connected within
Shereen says "Art is my passion and creating these exclusive artworks, based on the
essence of ‘Punyakoti’ has been an exciting and passionate journey for me in the past year.
I believe that colours are therapeutic and so these artworks created on paper, clay, wood
and canvas, use colours to convey a feeling, a thought, an emotion and a story. I encourage
the viewers to allow the artworks to “talk” to them and enjoy the experience."
The exhibition will be held at the Art Houz Gallery Chennai from the 11 th to the 13 th of August
2016. The inauguration on the 11 th of August evening will be attended and graced by
mainstream stream artists, art aficionados, the press and patrons of Punyakoti.
Gigi Mathews Project Ambassador Punyakoti highlights this “The Art of Punyakoti holds a
very special place in our journey of making this film. Shereen’s art based on the simplicity of
Punyakoti inspires us. It stands for the creativity, goodness and simplicity of the story of
Punyakoti. This art brings together the harmony of man and nature with one strong
message that we cannot do without each other”
All proceeds from the art show will go towards funding a unique experiment in Indian
Cinema – Punyakoti – A Sanskrit Animated Film inspired by the legend of Punyakoti.
Punyakoti is a unique experiment in Indian cinema – the first crowdsourced and
crowdfunded animated movie in Sanskrit, based on a beloved folksong called Punyakoti.
Punyakoti the film is based on a famous folksong in Karnataka about a cow that speaks the
truth at all times. The story depicts man-animal conflict in a form that is both entertaining
and informative and the film carries the message of honesty and living in harmony with
nature. The story is set in Karunadu, a village along the banks of Kaveri. The original source
of the folk-song is supposed to be from the Indian epic Mahabharata.
The plot is set in Karunadu and revolves around a cow that speaks the truth at all times.
One day, Punyakoti is attacked by a tiger in the forest. However, she begs him to let her go
feed her calf and promises to return. Punyakoti feeds her calf and as promised, returns to
the tiger to be eaten. The tiger, moved by her courage and honesty, lets her go never to
disturb any of the cows again!
The film has some big names on board. The project is supported by the legendary music
maestro Sri.Ilaiyaraaja, Actor-director Revathy has lent her voice as Punyakoti, Roger
Narayan, last seen in the Kannada film U Turn and Kannada scholar Narasimhamurthy
have also dubbed for Punyakoti.
V Ravishankar the Director of Punyakoti is a multimedia expert with over 20 years of
experience in making content for children. He is also presently employed with Infosys. Ravi
is spearheading Punyakoti by bringing together a consortium of talented people from film,
media and IT fields to bring home the greatness of the mother of all Indo-Germanic
In his own words
"Purity inspires Art. The legend of Punyakoti is about Honesty and Harmony with nature.
The message of the movie is very relevant for our times and the coming generations.
Sanskrit has been the bedrock of our civilization and holds the collective wisdom of millions
of people for over 5000 years. It is our collective responsibility to revive it. The success of
the exhibition holds the key in many ways how independent movies will be funded and
made in the future.
V Ravishankar Director
Gigi Mathews – Project Ambassador