President’s Charity Art Exhibition, 2015
Kumuda Krovvidi was invited to showcase her artwork for Indian art content for the PResident’s Charity art Exhibition & Auction 2015. The artwork, a painting of the Buddha, was inspired by the murals of Ajanta Caves, India. The painting was admired for its intricate details and glorious colours of gold, yellow and green.
The artwork was also chosen as a cover for postal stamp issued to commemorate the event.
President’s Charity Art Exhibition & Auction 2015 : Press Coverage in Zaobao Paper
Free Press Journal, 2019
‘5th century paintings of India, SE Asia and China linked’
Singapore: There is a strong similarity in the fifth century classical arts in India’s Ajanta Caves, Dunhuang Caves in China and across South East Asia, says a new research by two Indian artists spanning over five years.
“We did research for five years about the origin of Indian arts and its influence on South East Asia and realized these were based on Buddha and Ramayana, dating back to the fifth century,” said Kumuda Krovvidi.
“We have done the paintings close to the originals and we would not claim these were replicated or reproduced. We can only say we have brought a slice of that experience for the global art world,” said Krovvidi, daughter of Indian artist Usha Devi.
The paintings would be for sale and both artists are expecting to reproduce them on demand.
India’s High Commissioner to Singapore, Vijay Thakur Singh, will inaugurate the first painting exhibition, Vihaara, at The Art House being held October 4-8.
TEDX Talk on the theme of ‘Breaking Boundaries’ at TEDX Youth Conference at NPS International School, Singapore
HE IB year 1 students of NPS International School (NPSI) were proud to host the schoolʼs very first TEDxYouth Conference on Aug 27. It was a unique event that definitely shed some light on valuable and ground-breaking ideas, corresponding with the theme of the conference, “Breaking Boundaries”. Our Guest of Honour was Ms Kumuda Krovvidi, the founder of StrokeArts, a reputable art school in Singapore. She shared her views on the significance of a new form of expression called ‘community artʼ.
The New paper, July 2022
Rangoli Art Classes now online under PA Initiative
David Sun Jul 16, 2022
Ms Kumuda Krovvidi is a trainer in Rangoli art, one of the courses being streamed for free by the People’s Association on Facebook. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ PA COURSES
Using a two-camera setup, she guides her students through Skype in the creation of rangoli, an Indian art form that involves colourful patterns typically made on the ground.While her students used to hail from places like Yishun and Katong, Ms Kumuda Krovvidi, is now also teaching students from as far away as India and the US.With more than a decade’s experience as a trainer, the director of Strokearts Studio had never considered expanding her classes outside of Singapore before the circuit breaker.She said: “Before this, everything was conducted in physical spaces like at my studio or the community clubs (CCs).”But going virtual came with surprising new opportunities, even though I now have to stay up in the night to conduct some of these classes (due todifferent time zones).”Ms Kumuda has tailored her virtual lessons in light of the pandemic, teaching students how to make the materials for the art using everyday items.”People can’t go out now to get coloured powder and petals, so I guide them on how to make coloured grains using food colouring and rice,” she said.She continues to offer classes through the People’s Association, which is now offering a range of digital courses including arts, cooking and sports.Ms Kumuda said she hopes more people turn to online classes like hers during this period, and hopes to turn this method of training into a sustainable solution even after the circuit breaker ends.”I have a vision to take this forward as a new business model, freeing my classes from physical and geographical boundaries,” she said. “Many of the students have given feedback that they find virtual classes more comfortable because they can go at their own pace, and I think going fully online may be the solution in the long run.”
Singapore ART WEEK, January 2022
Media release: ARTWALK returns for eighth edition, to include Katong- Joo Chiat precinct for the first time | LASALLE College of the Arts.
After seven successful years in Little India, the iconic ARTWALK event will expand beyond its home ground for the first time to include Katong-Joo Chiat. Part of Singapore Art Week, ARTWALK is an annual multidisciplinarypublic arts project organised by LASALLE College of the Arts (LASALLE) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB), supported by the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA). Through artworks such as wall murals, workshops, music and performances, artists bring to life the history and traditions of Singaporeʼs cultural precincts through a multisensory art experience.
Audiences at home can also tune in to a lively sound-painting journey by Brahmastra, while those looking to experience ARTWALK in-person can head down to Tekka Place for Iswarya Jayakumarʼs Fusion Dance workshop or try their hand at Western Indian Warli Art with Stroke Arts Studioʼs Kumuda Krovvidi.
Tabla Newspaper, Singapore July 2022
Indian HEritage Centre CultureFest July 2022
Ramayana’s unifying values on show
V.K. SANTOSH KUMAR
“This year’s CultureFest celebrates the rich intangible cultural heritage of the Indian diaspora in Singapore through the lens of a well-loved epic,” said Mrs Bhavani Dass, general manager of IHC.
The classic literary work espouses universal values, such as unity among people, which are much needed in these difficult times. Said Ms Kumuda Krovvidi, a Madhubani artist who put together six panels of the Ramayana along with a friend: “Each panel depicts the different stages of the Ramayana. Madhubani art originated in the Nepal-India border which is mostly the setting of the Ramayana. It’s a visual narration of the events.”