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Kadri Park Road will sport a festive look with 135 stalls

Karavali Chithrakala Chavadi puts up Varna Naave at Ballalbag in the run up to the Kudla Kala Mela, in Mangalore.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH
Karavali Chithrakala Chavadi puts up Varna Naave at Ballalbag in the run up to the Kudla Kala Mela, in Mangalore.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH

Kala Mela — the city’s signature street art exhibition — is back.

To be held for two days from Saturday, the fourth mega biennial event planned and organised by the city’s Karavali Chitrakala Chavadi, will feature artists and their works in stalls on either side of Kadri Park Road

Kala Mela is modelled on the lines of Chitra Santhe organised on Bangalore streets, and has already emerged as crowd-puller. This time, the exhibition will have 135 stalls, said Chavadi Secretary Rajendra Kadige.

The artists have put up an art work, symbolising the chavadi’s logo — a fisherman’s boat with artistic design called ‘varna naave’ – at Ballalbag to remind people about the forthcoming event.

As part of the event, Rekha-chalaka, a workshop for children, will strive to show the importance and artistic use of lines. There will be two or three resource persons, including John Chandran. Students from classes 4 to 10 can participate in it. Another attraction for children will be Varna Sethu, under which some 30 students of Chitkala Prathishthana, an art school in Hassan run by artist B.N. Desai, will paint a huge canvass with rapid, bold strokes within a matter five minutes. “The way they do it, even I find it inspiring,” said well-known line-draw artist Dinesh Holla. After watching this, local participants will be asked to experiment. Students from classes 8 to 10 can participate in it. Entry is free and children will get drawing sheet. Each school can send five entries. Students may register before Thursday at Prasad Art Gallery or call 98442-84175 or 93411-16111.

As part if the Kudla Kala Mela 2013, Chavadi Puraskara will be given to collage artist K.P. Shenoy. A release said Mr. Shenoy, a former bank employee, has dedicated himself to art after retirement.

Mr. Shenoy, who has also earned a name as an art critic, has exhibited his collage works in different media, and dabbled in idol-making, water colours, oils, acrylic, at many places in Karnataka and Kerala. It said Mr. Shenoy, who has studied Eurupeam art and artists, has internalised his own philosophy as an artist. He will receive the award during the valedictory of the event on Sunday.


  • In Rekha-chalaka, resource persons will show the importance and artistic use of lines to children

  • Each school can send five entries; students may register their names before Thursday


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