Kannada folk art to deck CKP premises

Kannada folk art to deck CKP premises

 It is that time of the year again, when artists in the City are gearing up to bring out their best. Each stroke of the brush and dab of paint is chosen with care. For, when they go on display at Chitra Santhe, lakhs of people will see them. Students of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath too leave no stone unturned to do their bit for the annual fair.

While one group of budding artists paint a canvas that is spread across the length of a room, another group works on a life-size skeleton model, bringing it to life.

Last year, two models – one of a globe with CCTV cameras and another of a life-size horse had caught the attention of all who visited the Santhe. This time, students are coming up with a life-size model of a decorated elephant.

Tejendra Singh Baoni, principal, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath said that this year, the theme for decoration is Kannada Folk Art and hence a decorated elephant. The traditionally decked elephant, which will be about 16 to 17 feet tall, will be placed at the entrance, explained Baoni.

Students have been at work decorating their campus for the last two weeks to have it completed for the event, scheduled to take place on January 3. Working in shifts, they have been sculpting day in and day out, said teachers.

The Parishath has in its museum a collection of over 3,000 leather puppets. The theme would also revolve around this. Professor Anil from the Art History department explained that these puppets were collected from 1965 to 2005. “Most of them are unique and were about to be discarded by rural masses,” he said.


A 150-page catalogue will be released at the inauguration of Chitra Santhe. Each page will have a display of art work by noted artists and their details.

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