[Photo Sparks] Art for all, all for art: creativity at the 13th Chitra Santhe in Bengaluru


PhotoSparks is a weekly feature from YourStory, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation. In this photo essay, we showcase the diversity of paintings at the annual Chitra Santhe in Bangalore, one of India’s largest street fairs celebrating art!

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The annual Chitra Santhe was back in Bangalore this week with a whopping 400,000 estimated visitors (see last year’s three-part photo essay here). The two-kilometre sidewalks of Kumar Krupa Road became a living art gallery for the 13th edition of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath’s annual showcase. The objective of the event is ‘art for all, and all for art,’ according to CKP’s Secretary D.K. Chowta.

Murals, sculptures, cartoons, sketches and mixed-media works were also featured. With the thousands of works of art on display, even 10 hours did not seem enough to sample the diverse art works or engage with the artists in conversation. Painting displays and children’s workshops dotted the day’s agenda, with dozens of portrait artistes and street food vendors as well.

As always, the visual extravaganza from 1,200 artists was a treat for art lovers, an eye-opener for the common citizen, and a source of inspiration for entrepreneurs to think out of the box. A highlight this year was the 14-feet elephant mascot built by students, made from a steel frame, cotton waste and coloured paper – sending out a strong message of love and respect for nature.

Through a mix of collages and close-ups, this photo collection highlights the creative diversity of Indian artists, ranging from tribal life to T-shirts, from the sensuous to the spiritual.

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