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As part of the weekly MOG Sunday programme, archaeologist and founder of heritage education venture, Bhoomij Heritage Consultancy, Sawani Shetye will present a talk on kaavi art and provide an insight into its technique, iconography scheme and social understanding, on July 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Museum of Goa, Pilerne.

Kaavi art is a form of murals found in Konkan region especially in temples of Goa, parts of coastal Maharashtra and Karnataka.

The art form derives its name from the word ‘Kaav’, in Konkani refers to the geru, a brownish-red pigment or hematite obtained from the laterite soil. In the vernacular, Kaav means red mud, which is the principal component of colour material used in Kaavi art.

To make this form of art, colour made of fine powder of Kaav is mixed with water-based adhesive and painted over lime plaster. Figures are later etched on this surface with the help of a pointed metallic reed. This style of art can be seen in Goa and Konkani temples, churches and houses of Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Shetye holds a master’s degree in Ancient Indian History and Culture and Archaeology from the prestigious Deccan College, Pune. She presented research on Kaavi art of Goa and Karnataka for her master’s thesis. She also holds certificate courses in archaeology of Buddhism, modi script and allied culture related studies. She has a specific interest in Indian Temple Architecture and iconography. 

Sawani is engaged in facilitating her love of heritage and wisdom from the past to the public through her consultancy. Bhoomij Heritage Consultancy offers heritage walks and tours, lecture series, workshops, and documentation services. Bhoomij has conducted archaeology workshops in colleges across Goa, and more than 100 trails in one year to different places in Goa.

(The talk will be held on July 21, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Museum of Goa, Pilerne.

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