Steps will be taken in the next session to make Chitrakala Parishat a reputable university: Chief Minister of Karnataka

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also announces six new regional art centers during Chitra Santhe

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai also announces six new regional art centers during Chitra Santhe

Hundreds of people thronged for the 19th edition of Chitra Santhe, the largest street art fair in Bengaluru hosted by the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat (KCP).

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced that steps will be taken in the next session to meet the demand to make KCP a reputable university. The parishat is currently an autonomous institution. The CM also announced that six new regional art galleries will be established across the state.

Some of the paintings on display at the Chitra Santhe in Bangalore on Sunday.

Some of the paintings on display at the Chitra Santhe in Bangalore on Sunday. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

This year’s theme was dedicated to freedom fighters to mark 75 years of Indian independence with artists from all over India participating in the fair. Usually held in January each year, the previous edition was held online due to the pandemic. However, visitors mentioned that footsteps were below pre-pandemic levels.

The artists, however, were happy to return to interact directly with visitors. “Over the past few years, art has grown like never before. Chitra Santhe is a land where we can all connect with each other,” said Sapna Noronha, a coffee artist from Mangaluru.

Visitors at the Chitra Santhe in Bangalore on Sunday.

Visitors at the Chitra Santhe in Bangalore on Sunday. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Maqtar Ahmed, from the Institute of Indo-Islamic Art and Culture, had exhibited works of Arabic calligraphy. “It’s a classic art form, a coordination of mind, eye and hand. We use handmade papers and wooden ‘kalam’ for Arabic calligraphy,” he said, explaining the art.

Paintings by more than 2,000 artists from across the country were exhibited at the Chitra Santhe in Bangalore on Sunday.

Paintings by more than 2,000 artists from across the country were exhibited at the Chitra Santhe in Bangalore on Sunday. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

For some like Rachitha, an artist from Mysuru, the Chitra Santhe is a platform for entering the world of art. “This is my first time in Chitra Santhe. This is a great opportunity for beginners to showcase their work. My areas of interest include mandala art and pebble art,” she said.

On Sunday, artists celebrate the

On Sunday, performers celebrate “World Theater Day” at the Chitra Santhe in Bangalore. | Photo credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

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