The accent here is on affordable art

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C.N. Rudrappa
C.N. Rudrappa

It will be a riot of colours at the Kumarakrupa Road in Bangalore on Sunday as over a thousand artists from across the State exhibit and market their works. Chitra Santhe, a popular art fair, which the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP) has been organising for the past eight years, brings together artists and connoisseurs of art together. The parishath aims to develop and foster Indian visual arts, besides promoting research, preservation, appreciation and in-depth study of visual art forms.

Organisers are expecting a turnout of more than 2 lakh people. Art lovers will be able to witness works displayed on the road by artists, and will have a chance to interact with them as well. Besides popularising art, the santhe will also educate and encourage upcoming artists says, C.N. Rudrappa, chief administrative officer of KCP.

Excerpts from an interview:

Q . What are the aims and objectives of the santhe?

A. Earlier, visual art was dubbed elitist and catering to certain sections of society. The concept of holding the santhe was conceptualised to overcome such drawbacks and make art affordable and available for all of society.

Q . How different is Chitra Santhe from other art fairs?

A. While other fairs, including Nandan Mela, Kala Ghoda art festival, are academic and well-celebrated, these models are realigned in the santhe to suit the needs of the common man.

It is a fair in the real sense.

Q. What is in store for art lovers?

A. Paintings, sculptures, cartoons and installations will be part of the display and art lovers can lay their hand on whatever art form they fancy. Artists from across the country will unleash their collective creative output at the event.

Q. How will this santhe differ from the previous eight editions?

A. Chitra Santhe will not only popularise urban art culture, but art forms from rural areas.

Artists from backward areas will have a unique opportunity to unveil their talent.

Special features of this edition are: special exhibition of art works of invited artists from various parts of the State; a separate place for the visually challenged to showcase and market their art works; and as part of the 150 birth centenary of Rabindranath Tagore, paintings published by Nava Karnataka Publications will be exhibited.

We are also organising an invited art show and sale of eminent and young artists' works in the main galleries of the parishath. Over 100 artists are expected to participate in the special invited show. This will provide a glimpse of contemporary art in the State to art lovers, between February 28 and 30

Q. Will artists benefit from this fair?

A. Representatives from famous art galleries in the State will visit Chitra Santhe to scout for new talent and encourage upcoming artists. They will zero-in on real talents and promote them.





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