Lines Conserving Cultural Heritage and Human Emotions: Archiving the Works of Artist Namboothiri

Raman Nair R, Rajendran Kunnath Avittathur, Gireesh Kumar T K, Anand Kumar Singh


Artist Namboothiri’s work span over a century. He is one of the most productive artists who presented the world using lines. Landscapes, cities, villages, heritage buildings even after many were lost long ago, people, costumes, festivals and rituals, traditional arts, along with characters of classics remain documented in sketches of Namboothiri. There is a possibility that his works also will be lost because in Indian art scenario book and magazine illustrations are not considered with the seriousness of other art works. But any of his illustration from those running to tens of thousands can stand with any important artwork of the world.  We are yet to realize their heritage value and importance. Till now there was no attempt to list his work or conserve them from any quarters. From heritage conservation angle and heritage of Indian art his works needs to be preserved. This is an initial study and attempt to evolve a system ‘Artist Namboothiri Open Access Digital Archive’ to document and preserve his works. 


Art, Drawing, Cultural Heritage, Costumes; Architecture,

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