Job and joy – art can be passion and profession: Tejendra Singh Baoni, College of Fine Arts


In Part II of our photo essay on the Drushyotsava exhibition at Chitrakala Parishat, we explore how art can be playful as well as professional, and is becoming a much sought-after qualification.

PhotoSparks is a weekly feature from YourStory, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation. In the earlier 180 posts, we brought you a wide range of creative photographs from an art festival, cartoon gallery. world music festival, telecom expo, millets fair, climate change expo, wildlife conference, startup festival, Diwali rangoli, and jazz festival.

The Drushyotsava 2018 exhibition at Bengaluru’s Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat this weekend features painting, sculpture, prints, animation, and mixed-media installations (see Part I of the photo essay here).

“There was a time when art was seen as intimidating, or something of a luxury at best. Today art is all around us in the design of products, services and urban environments, and is becoming a much sought after profession,” explained Tejendra Singh Baoni, Principal of the College of Fine Arts (CFA), in a chat with YourStory.

The Drushyotsava exhibition by the students of CFA is curated by the faculty; the college graduates about 150 students a year, and now has over 30 faculty. From digital animation to performance art, there are a number of disciplines that even attract doctors and mathematicians as full-time students, says Tejendra.

Art students have a number of options ahead of them: study further, become instructors (for architecture firms and medical colleges), or join companies ranging from Honeywell and Accenture to TVS and Infosys. Some CFA alumni have successfully designed motorcycles for BMW, others have gone on to win national artist awards. Some design movie sets for production houses, and others even become movies stars, adds Tejendra.

“Creativity is in demand in every field today. Art certainly gives you peace of mind, but it can also lead to designing everyday objects that affect all of us. Art shows you that 2+2 can be 4, or 6, or even 9,” Tejendra jokes. “Art can be playful, practical and even spiritual,” he signs off.

Now what have you done today to explore art as your hobby – or as the driving force in your life?

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