The flavour of coastal districts was visible in several of the line drawings drawn by 46 artists, who participated in “Rekha Sangathya”, a demonstration camp in remembrance of Indian artist late K.K. Hebbar. The event was held at the launch of Sangathya Visual Art Academy in the city on Sunday.

Dinesh Holla, artist, drew three pieces — one depicting a Yakshagana character dancing while a “chande” player accompanied him. Mr. Holla said just like the dancer and the instrument player are inter-dependent, many relationships whether social or economic, depend on each other for survival. Another of his drawing showed a man playing a “maddale” lost in music.

He said that a camp on line drawings was being held for the first time in Mangalore. It was justified because the most complex emotions were portrayed in K.K. Hebbar's paintings through line drawings, without the use of colour, said Mr. Holla.

Artists Raghavendra Rao drew elephants and horses, Ramesh Kamath drew Ganesha and a Bharatanatyam dancer and A.K. Zuber Kudla drew palm trees, cock-fights, and fishes.

Artist Vasant Rao said they chose to organise the camp in the memory of Hebbar as he was a master painter of Indian art, he was from Dakshina Kannada and 2011 was his birth centenary. He simplified art forms into lines, yet narrated the whole, he said.

Sangathya Visual Art Academy was launched by Savitha Chowta, vice-president, Rajalakshmi Education Trust, and the line art camp was inaugurated by D.K. Chowta, writer and artist. Nemiraj Shetty, art curator, Bangalore, N.S. Pattar, president, Sangathya Visual Art Academy, and young artists were present at the event.

Keywords: K.K. Hebbar

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