This Street Art Fest in Bengaluru Had a Li’l Something For All
A colour-splashed potpourri of paintings, sketches, caricature, body art, and more was on display at Chitra Santhe’s 15th edition.
A colour-splashed potpourri of paintings, sketches, caricature, body art, and more was on display at Chitra Santhe’s 15th edition.(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

This Street Art Fest in Bengaluru Had a Li’l Something For All

A colour-splashed potpourri of paintings, sketches, caricature, body art, and more was on display at the 15th street art festival of Bengaluru – Chitra Santhe 2018. Organised by Karnataka Chitrakala Parisath, it is a much awaited one-day art carnival with more than 1,500 artists participating from all over India.

More than 1,500 artists participate from all over India.
More than 1,500 artists participate from all over India.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

Held on January 7, 2018, the fair attracted thousands of art aficionados from every corner of the city. For the first timers, the fest was overwhelming with its infinite display of abstract art, charcoal sketch, traditional paintings and portraits to name a few.

The fair attracted thousands of art aficionados from every corner of the city.
The fair attracted thousands of art aficionados from every corner of the city.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

Inaugurated by renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee Dr C N R Rao, Chitra Santhe was spread across Kumara Krupa Road and its adjoining streets, where traffic had been prohibited throughout the day for the convenience of visitors.

Chitra Santhe was spread across Kumara Krupa Road and its adjoining streets.
Chitra Santhe was spread across Kumara Krupa Road and its adjoining streets.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

Apart from Karnataka, artists from West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Mumbai and Bihar were seen exhibiting their colourful canvasses on the streets.

Artists from all over the country were seen exhibiting their colourful canvasses on the streets.
Artists from all over the country were seen exhibiting their colourful canvasses on the streets.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

The Parisath also featured differently abled artists’ works at this year’s festival. Amongst the body of work, pottery was the newest addition to the 2018 fete.

The Parisath also featured differently abled artists’ works at this year’s festival.
The Parisath also featured differently abled artists’ works at this year’s festival.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

Touted as the biggest art fest of Bengaluru, Chitra Santhe 2018 was an endless visual fiesta. What was interesting to note was that, it wasn’t a gallery-centric painting exhibition. Nor was the audience built up entirely by intellectuals or professionals.

Touted as the biggest art fest of Bengaluru, Chitra Santhe 2018 was an endless visual fiesta.
Touted as the biggest art fest of Bengaluru, Chitra Santhe 2018 was an endless visual fiesta.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

However, the impressive quality and the unimaginable diversity was something I had never seen before. The fest provided a unique opportunity to both professionals and amateur artists to showcase their creativity through a fair platform.

The impressive quality and the unimaginable diversity was something I had never seen before.
The impressive quality and the unimaginable diversity was something I had never seen before.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

I was pleasantly surprised by the vibrance of this street carnival; Chitra Santhe is truly a celebration of all kinds of art.

Chitra Santhe is truly a celebration of all kinds of art.
Chitra Santhe is truly a celebration of all kinds of art.
(Photo Courtesy: Kathakali Das Bhaumik)

(The writer is a Bengaluru-based blogger and is a former reporter, Times Of India.)

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