P. S. Punchithaya

Born: In 1942, INDIA



Artist P.S.Punchithaya is born in 1942. He is a senior Artist and had earned many awards. He had earned Karnataka, Kerala Lalithakala Academy Awards. He Also earned Senior Artist Award from Karnataka & Kerala. He is a resource person in many of the institutions and he is the founder of "Rural Art Gallery" at Kanchan Ganga Kalagram Karadka, Kasargod. He has served as an Executive member of Karnataka Lalithakala Academy for two terms. He has Participated in many Art exhibitions and competitions....... Read his full bio

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Artist P. S. Punchithaya:


P. S. Punichithaya, a well known artist of our times hails from a well known family of poets and artists. He was born in 1942 to Radhakrishna Punichithaya and Girija of Pundoor House. For his primary education he went to Perdala primary school in Badiadukka. For his high school education he was enrolled in Neerchal high school and then higher education in Mysore. He did his diploma in Chamaraja Technical Institute.

After completing secondary education and higher education he went to Bombay for his higher education in art.  He has participated in almost all major all India level exhibitions, conducted one man show and trained the next generation in the language of colours through artist camps organised by Central, Kerala and Karnataka Lalitha kala Academy and Jawaharlal Centenary Artist Camp Bangalore.

Recipient of many awards for waterfalls and landscapes he remains in the silence of his art.  He has served as a Judge for Mysore Dassara exhibitions, Karnataka and Kerala Lalith kala Academic annual exhibitions and also as Convenor of artists camp held at Mercara and Vishwa Kannada Sammelana organised by Karnataka Lalith kala Academy.  His services as an Executive Member of Karnataka Lalitha kala Academy for two terms are memorable.

Artist Profile:


P.S.Punchithaya, Artist
1942, in INDIA

He is the founder of "Rural Art Gallery" at Kanchan Ganga Kalagram Karadka, Kasargod.

Acrylic Paintings and Oil Paintings







His presence gave a grace to Lal Bahadur Shastry Academy for National Administration at Massurie in Uttaranchal and Hampi University as resource person.

His artworks have increased the ambience of many homes and institutions in India and abroad including the Karnataka Raj Bhavan and many prestigious houses in Mangalore , Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram, Bombay and Dharmasthala.

His contribution to art world is immortal for one more reason, that is Kanchan Ganga Rural Art Gallery at Kalagrama in Karadukka, Kasaragod ,Kerala.  It is a lush green piece of nature  decorated by all shades and sounds.  You can find a picturesque portrait of Mother Nature here with water falls, brooks, trees, birds, rocks and serpentine paths.  Anyone from art, literature could stay here for his creation.

In fact, Kanchan Ganga is the only way to enter in the art world of Punichithaya. His strokes are as fast and speedy as nature is.  Sharpness of his colours is harmonious to nature.  Sounds of nature could be heard in his paintings without any quality loss or disturbance.  It is really a difficult statement to give that Punichithaya made the Kanchan Ganga or Kanchan Ganga is making Punchithaya.

Art was said, the imitation of the nature but here it sounds contrary, and that even nature may try to imitate the artwork of Punichithaya’s paintings.  Landscapes come in the paintings of Punichithaya as dew comes, sun rises, bird hums, brook flows and star glitters.  All happens silently in the solitaire for creating a new world, as one world is challenging the other.

We can easily describe relations betwixt nature and Punichithaya.  Wind waits to blow, brook turns with his tips, rock and trees take shapes as per his convenience and trees takes his permission to grow in particular direction.  It is for both, his work and Kanchan Ganga.

He does not decide the moods of water, wind, brook and even rocks and has different colours for water, wind , brooks and rocks.  Even sky is having many colours.  It creates a perfect saga between nature and human.  Much time , nature seems entering into the human mod and contrary, human mood into nature.

In the times of ecological and environmental threat, work of Punichithaya appears as a caveat against the times and brutal relationship between development and nature.  His work is not a work as a spectator,, but a work as a commentator. If a painting could be another way of keeping dairy, Punichithaya have been writing over the years for centuries. His work would always light on the dark corners of our civilisation and remind us the gap between “Is” and “Must be”.   

Exhibitions & Art Camps:


  • # Participated in various All India level artist camps organised by central, Kerala and Karnataka Laithakala academies and Jawaharlal Centenary artist camp Bangalore.
  • # Participated in all major exhibitions conducted at all India level and won awards, conducted a number of one man shows in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chennai.
  • # 2013 : participated in 2 national level artist camps organised by Kerala Laithakala Academy at Kollam and Tirunelli , Kerala.
  • # 2014 : participated in 3 national level and state level artist camp organised by Alva's Eduardo Foundation Moodabidre,D.K. Karnataka.
  • # Propagated tours on water color paintings in Kodagu district during 1985.
  • # Conducted individual state wide for propogating water color painting from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram under the title of watercolor expedition 1984.

Awards & Accomplishments:


  • # Resource person at Lal Bahadhur Shastry National Academy of Administration Masoori , Uttaranchal.
  • Resource person at Karnataka university, Hampi.
  • Resource person at Manu parallel university to Karnataka and other state universities.
  • Founder of "Rural Art Gallery"at Kanchanganga Kalagrama kalladka , Kasaragod
  • Each of the painting collection can be found at Karnataka, Kerala Rajbhavan, Museums in Mangalore, Bangalore, Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai and Dharmasthala can be also found in private & individual collections in and our of the country.
  • Server a member of the 1st committee on artist Venkatappa Foundation Award of Karnataka govt.
  • Secured senior artist award in from Karnataka and Kerala Laithakala Academy.
  • Propagated tours on water colour paintings in Kodagu district during 1985.
  • Conducted individual state wide for propogating water color painting from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram under the title of watercolor expedition 1984.
  • Server as an executive member of Karnataka Laithakala Academy for two terms.
  • Server as a convenor artist camp held at Mercara and Vishwa Kannada Sammelana organised by Karnataka Laithakala Academy during 1985 to 1987.
  • Server as a judge for Mysore Dasara exhibition Karnataka and Kerala state Laithakala Academy annual exhibition.
  • Wonder of a number of awards for watercolor landscape from Karnataka and Kerala academies.
  • Guruvandanam honour to senior artist of Kerala by Laithakala Academy.
  • Honoured of from Indian ambassador at Bahrain also painting collection at Indian embassy Bahrain.