Art in all its glorious forms – Chitra Santhe 2022 returns to physical exhibition mode in the 19th edition


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The 19th annual Chitra Santhe was held on March 27 in Bangalore, with a dedication to India’s freedom fighters to mark 75 years of independence.

The entire stretch of Kumara Krupa Road in the city was closed to traffic and showcased the works of over a thousand artists from across India. It is reported that there are plans to expand the festival to other locations in the state too.

The 2021 edition took place entirely online due to the pandemic and was dedicated to the frontline warriors of the coronavirus. The annual festival is organized by Karnataka Chitrakala Parish in Bengaluru.

See also Your story cover of six previous editions of Chitra Santhe: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, as well as compilations of Best Quotes About Art of 2021 and 2020.

“My series of macaws and hornbills is very colorful and dramatic, and was very popular,” says Marissa Miranda, an artist specializing in the art of recycled metal.

“Art is and always will be a reflection of the times in which we live. It is extremely important to include art and art education, especially for children and young people,” she adds.

“Art adds so much intrinsic value to our lives, both for creators and viewers, that everyone can appreciate it. The more voices and support artists get, the more it has a direct impact on society. “, she suggests.

“In Chitra Santhe, people prefer to buy good artworks but at affordable prices, so I try to present small but attractive artworks”, explains Jayanti Bhattacharjee, a researcher who now took art more seriously.

She urges the public to keep in mind that an artist creates a work of art with a lot of work and time. “It’s like their child that they raise with patience, affection and love, apart from money,” she describes.

“We must preserve our rich culture and pass it on to future generations,” urges Shradha Joshi, a Madhubani fine art painter. She started her corporate career at Infosys in 2006.

“It is our duty to protect this ancient art form. It is through large artistic platforms like Chitra Santhe that we can promote Indian folk art,” she adds.

Moved by seeing a beggar child dressed as Lord Hanuman, Chaitanya Ingle, a painter from Maharashtra, depicts mythological themes with a human and compassionate touch.

“The public should encourage artists and work to make the world a better place,” he suggests.

Landscapes and mandala artworks were presented by Sreeja Suresh, an MBA graduate who helps run her mother’s business in Bangalore.

“People need to understand that art is always unique, from one person to another, from one artist to another, from one form to another, and in all other ways. People need to understand how much time and effort it takes to make a piece of art by hand,” she points out.

“An original is always an original, and handmade art is always special. Support the artists, buy their works, because that’s where we also feel encouraged,” Sreeja urges.

“This year’s exhibition was particularly exciting and wonderful because the physical edition took place after a hiatus of two long years,” enthused the Kochi-based artist. Kanchan Ratna.

“Art Education and Art Appreciation have unfortunately been lacking in our education systems,” she laments. The practice should start very early and be inculcated from childhood.

“I was extremely happy to see and interact with a lot of young children at Chitra Santhe this time around. These kinds of interactions are the first step towards education and appreciation of art,” says Kanchan.

Works representing the five elements of nature were presented by Kavitha Sunil, who specializes in a fusion of abstract painting and realistic painting. The entrepreneur is also the founder of the Tada Fine Arts Academy.

His works presented at Chitra Santhe reflect the interaction between earth (wealth, destiny), water (emotion, regeneration), fire (passion), space (intellect, spirit) and air (independence, soul ).

Kavitha exhibited at Chitra Santhe every year from 2018. “I sold four paintings this time, and a daily newspaper published a photo of my client wearing the painting,” she says proudly.

“The first recorded language in human communication was art. From rock art to modern art, we humans have always expressed our feelings and thoughts through art,” she explains .

“Art is different for everyone. It’s in the eyes of the beholder. Public appreciation and understanding of my art is everything to me. I want my art to spread happiness and peace in the world,” Kavitha concludes.

Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to apply your creativity?

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