(Toy Train at Veli Tourist Village)
Paint seems to follow Kanai Kunhiraman, with vengeance. The illustrious sculptor who has been instrumental in neutralizing the obscene gaze of an average Malayali on a painted or sculpted female nude, through his enormous depictions of female nudity in the thematic sculptures like Yakshi and Sagarakanya has now become the eye of another cultural storm. This time the trouble has a twin appearance in a couple of kilometers apart; one, at Sanghumukham and the other one at Veli. At the Veli Tourist Village that Kanai had singlehandedly developed out of a marsh-land in 1986, his sculptures, especially the landmark Conches that rest on a tastefully landscaped mound, are in for a makeover with a fresh coat of ‘white paint’. The decision has come unilaterally from the Cultural Department of Kerala that maintains the ‘village’ which has been given an additional attraction recently with a toy train running through the village.
(Sagara Kanyaka by Kanai Kunhiraman at Sanghumukham)