Painting show attracts many

Creative: Visitors taking a look at works of art at the painting exhibition in Chitradurga on Monday.

Creative: Visitors taking a look at works of art at the painting exhibition in Chitradurga on Monday.  

Staff Correspondent

The three-day exhibition has been organised by S.J.M Fine Arts College

Chitradurga: The open-air painting exhibition being held near Madakari Circle here has been attracting people from all walks of life.

The three-day exhibition, organised by the S.J.M. College of Fine Arts for the fifth consecutive year, began on Monday,

More than 20 students have meticulously tried to transform their skills and imagination on to canvas. Over 300 paintings are on display. “The very objective of the exhibition is to bring art before the people and display the talent of upcoming artists,” said principal of the college C. Kanmesh.

He believes that organising such events within the four walls of any premises will not bring public appreciation.

If held in an open place, many people could have a look.

Some students would also sell their paintings, helping add to their income, he said. Mr. Kanmesh said that in past exhibitions, some paintings were sold for prices as high as Rs. 12,000. He said the exhibition was generally organised every year on Republic Day so that a large number of people could see them.

To pay their tribute to Kannada actors such as Vishnuvardhan and K.S. Ashwath, and singers such as C. Ashwath, the painters have drawn images of the stalwarts.

M.E. Tippeswamy, a student who has displayed around 20 paintings at the venue, told The Hindu that the exhibition had given students a platform to showcase their talent. “The exhibition indeed encourages students as it has received several visitors,” he said.

Thanking the college for promoting such events, he said that in a place like Chitradurga, where encouragement for art was inadequate, such shows created awareness among the people on art. He said the exhibition had been receiving an encouraging response from people.

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