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Chitra Santhe | By Art Lovers for Art Lovers!

Written by Poorna & Brinda
Chitra Santhe is the Kumbh Mela of art! Chitra Santhe 2020 is on Sunday, 5th January 2020.
Next time when you are in Bangalore in the month of January, plan to be there on one of the Sundays. On a Sunday in January, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath organises “Chitra Santhe” or the “art market” if one can literally translate it. Chitra in Kannada means drawing and Santhe means village market.

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.

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Chitra Santhe

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Last time when we were there we bought a painting from a young Iranian artist who was studying in Chitra Kala Parishath.

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.

View it on Youtube

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!

Useful links

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

Wiki on Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath



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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.


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