Abundance of Art: The 14th Chitra Santhe 2017
Artists are truly magicians as they excel in converting the simplest things to ‘wow’ master pieces. The 14th edition of Chitra Santhe organized by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath at Kumara Krupa Road, Bengaluru was transformed into an art gallery with colourful and mesmerizing art work of numerous artists coming from different parts of the country. 15th January 2017, Sunday was a super energetic day where people of all age groups were gathered to appreciate the abundant artistic talent that India possess. The event was inaugurated by Karnataka Chief Minister Shri. Siddaramaiah.
It all began at 8 AM and when it became 8 PM, no one realised because there was so much for everyone to showcase, observe, learn, enjoy and gather! Inside the institute premises art work of teachers and senior artists was presented. The premise was decorated with the paintings on fabric done by the students.Professional artists and art hobbyists displayed their art pieces with style and confidence on both the sides of the Kumara Krupa road. It was mixed array of abstract, contemporary, conceptual, pop up, impressionism and much more.
Abstract and modern art paintings flaunted amazing creativity and imagination of the artists. Reproduction of landscapes, wildlife, flowers, mythological characters and human figures were beautifully done. The large portraits of women, children, Buddha and Mona Lisa were almost appearing to be alive. Some of the paintings were hyperrealism that attracted the attention of the onlooker such that it was tough to move away!
The painting medium primarily used was acrylic colours, oil paints and water colours while charcoal and pastel sticks were used distinctively by a few artists. The amalgamation of colours on canvas, oil paper and cardboard sheets was ingeniously executed. The strokes of brushes on the paintings had spectators wanting to create their own art pieces. The life of the exhibition was the live art performances by the students. Students Diana, Mohit and Arun Kumar showcased their creativity on themselves by smearing paint on their body and altering themselves into sculptures; to spread the message of love and harmony. Live classical and rock band music feats also entertained the visitors. Some artists offered services such as small portraits/sketches, temporary tattoos, caricature and nail art. Exclusive iconic art form styles of our nation namely Thanjavur, Madhubhani, and Worli were presented. Though practiced by only limited artists the art is kept intact. The new styles of painting developed by three artists were impressive.
[a] Haveri style is based on cubism where the colouring is done uniformly on the sketch with folded paper. It is the art identity of artist Mr. Parmeshwar from Karnataka. [b] Dokra style paintings created by Mr. Sukdeb Sen Gupta from Bally Durgapur, West Bengal. He fills the sketch only with straight lines. The evenness in the lines in all his paintings is simply fantastic.
[c] Puppet art style is crafted by Mr. S.Ramesh from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is on the mission to revive Tamil puppet art Bommalattam. All his paintings exhibited the diverse puppet characters of Bommalattam.There was a very a special exhibit of Salam Trust. This institute takes care of special /differently bled children. The art work displayed was wonderful and proved that the children are gifted with insurmountable creativity and imagination. Kerala artist Ms. Sunitha Thrippanikara makes her paintings holding the brush in her mouth. Apart from the painting there were other decorative arts like hand painted leather lampshades and door hangings, manual paper cutting art, murals, terracota pots and jewelry, hand painted calendars, wooden dolls and wrought iron metal dolls. It takes approximately 10-15 days for an artist to complete a painting, as it takes time and patience to bring the inner thoughts on paper. Chitrakala Parishath had received 1800 plus applications out of which 1300 were selected and assigned stalls. And the participants, experts in their field, were from Karnataka as well as other states ; it is claimed that 60% of the artists were from out of Bangalore.
It was great learning experience for the students from bachelor, master and PhD programs in art discipline of the institute. 165 student volunteers were on the constant move for any help needed by the visitors or participants.
It was well planned event arranged with the good team work of the management, faculty and students of Chitrakala Parishath. They received commendable support and assistance of police and traffic police personnel. All the participants were given the certificates. There was something for all tastes and budgets of the visitors. A must visit show for sure!