The concept of Chitra Santhe was born ten years ago when the then chairman of Chitrakala Parishath Dr D K Chowta wanted to bring artists face to face with buyers without middle layer called art galleries. He also wanted to remove the notion that art is only for elite and wanted to make sure it reaches common man as well. Next edition marks the tenth event.
After initial scepticism, the annual event has become a “must visit” even in Bangalore in January. This not only gives platform to budding artists as well as established ones but also allows both connoisseurs as well as common man to pick up some nice paintings.
One may not see celebrity painters in the event, but either side of the road – 1 KM stretch – in front of Chitrakala Parishath virtually becomes a art market for one day. It is a riot of colours. You can buy oils, watercolours, charcoals………also look out for nice sculptures and terracotta stuff as well. You can get your caricature done by the artists.
Artists come form all over the country to display their work. It is a feast for the eyes and a good day to spend.
Chitra Santhe 2019 focused on Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary and the students of Chitrakala Parishat are curating an exhibition of rare photos and paintings on Mahatma.
When we went to Chitra Santhe 2018, we bought many paintings burning a hole in the pocket!!
We also happenned to see this nice video on YouTube by Rajaram1canvass.
So, mark the day. Be there 06 Jan 2019, Sunday. You never know you may get a painting which may make you feel glad.
A Tip – Over the years this has grown big. Lot of crowd come. Parking will be an issue. Make sure that you park away and walk to the street where the santhe is held. That way it is easier to get out. Please carry enough cash as most of the transactions happen in cash!