Colours bloomed under the green canopy of M.N. Krishna Rau Park in Basavanagudi on Sunday as people from all age groups tried their hand with crayons and paint at Colorothon, a painting event organised to raise funds for the IDL Foundation that works for the cause of the visually impaired.
In what organisers claimed to be among the largest events in the country, at least 10,000 people participated in the event during the day that saw other events such as drum jam and humour show.
Elders joined their children and grandchildren in creating art works while several policemen on duty also pitched in to showcase their talent at the venue that resembled a fair of colours.
Anantapur-based Vasundharamma, her daughter-in-law Padmavati and grandson Atul Krishna were competing with each other. “It is a rare occasion that we also could draw or paint what we wanted. Normally, I accompany my son to a painting competitions,” she said, adding till they came here they did not know that could also participate.
A senior executive in Japanese company Nagbhushan Rao had accompanied his daughter, Arshita N. Kunigal, and nephew, Hrishikesh. “I feel nice to paint because I am interested in art. But this is a good occasion that whoever can participate irrespective of the age,” he added.
Lending support to these hundreds of young talent were about 15 noted painters, including J.M.S. Mani, B.K.S. Verma, S. Prahlad, Krishna Raichur, Kantharaj and K.M. Seshagiri.
“It is different experience for senior artists since they are creating works along with children. Their works would be auctioned to raise money for the foundation,” said the former chairman of Lalithakala Academy C.S. Krishna Setty, who will also be donating his art work to the cause. “This is not a painting competition, but an event that brings entire family to draw what they want.”
The event organised by Vande Matharam Social and Cultural Trust was earlier inaugurated UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekeni. Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy also visited the venue.