August 5, 2010

 CS Viswam Passes Away

Trivandrum: CS Viswam, national-award-winning sculptor, died in a private hospital here on Monday following ailments related to old age. He was 86. His sculptures, renowned for their ethereal touch, mood and expression, are on display at museums across the world.

An ivory carving, “Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus,” displayed at the Vatican Museum, an ivory idol at Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, an ivory carving presented by India to the UN and an ivory carving ‘Geethopadesh' at the Interpol headquarters in Paris are some of his notable works. A national award in handicrafts came to him in 1968.

He became the chief artist at the SMSM Institute in Thiruvananthapuram at a young age of 21 and went on to become the master craftsman at the Handicrafts Development Corporation in Kerala. Some of his works are on display at the Thunchan Smarakom, Tirur, and the Forest Department's museum here. He is survived by his wife, Santha Viswam, three sons and a daughter.


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