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Lancashire university students visit to Venky Palimar's Art Gallery
Padubidri, Sept. 2nd, 2017:  Students from Lancashire university in England visited Venky Palimar's Chitralaya Art Gallelry in Palimar on Saturday, under cultural exchange programme.  The students arrived in India on August 28th and are on a 15 days cultural exchange programme with Manipal University here.  They have already undertaken study programme on visiting many religious places.
Terracotta artist Venky Palimar showed his talnet in clay modelling to the group of 24 students lead by students Georgia and Daniel.  He offered clay to students to make clay models.  Speaking on the occasion student Georgia said she is proud to be in India.  She expressed her desire to learn everything from this land of divese cultures. "I have learnt quite a lot after visiting many places in the coastal Karnataka and I am developing interest in Samskrit language," she said.
Team leader Daniel said, "I am getting interested in colourful India.  The people here are very friendly.  This is the best visit 0f my life and I would like to come to India again."  He said he is developing interest clay modelling after seeing it in Palimar

Manipal university's Academic Coordinator Pooja Nadiger said that mutual cultural exchange programmes are organised every year.  "This time students were brought to Venky Palimar's Art Gallery and they had a special experience here.  After studying the local culture here for 15 days, the students will leave for Goa.  Then they will proceed to Jaipur and thereby spending  a total of 25 days in India. They have already studied about Indian culture, Bharath Natyam and visited Shri Krishna Mutt, Pajaka, ancient Indian schools, Jain temples, rice mills and other places.

After conducting the clay modelling workshop, Venky Palimar expressed his happiness over the visit of foreign students to his art gallery.  "This will inspire our students Akshayraj, Laren Pinto and Durga Prasad," he said.  He also said that the students felt happy visiting the art gallery and got interested in clay modelling.

Environmentalist Balarama Bhat, Manipal university Press Chief Executuve Ravati Nadigger, Guruprasad Rao, Jyoti Pinto, Palimar Grama Panchayat member Gayatri Prabhu were present in the programme directed by Manipal MIT's Assistant Professor Praveen Shetty.