Creative touch to Anna's movement

Creative touch to Anna's movement

CAVA mela unveils talents; tainted netas too come alive at two-day exhibition

interesting: A curious visitor looks at an exhibit at CAVA mela in Mysore on Thursday.  dh photos

It was a state of exigency with Anna going on fast, and youth across the country expressing solidarity with Hazare who is called the ‘Modern day Gandhi’.

All these have become subjects for artefacts spreading a message at CAVA Mela that opened on the premises of Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA) here on Thursday. The two-day mela organised under the banner of Kuncha Kavya Samskrithika
Samithi of the institute, will remain open between 11 am and 8 pm on Friday too.

Most of the walls had a pamphlet to display; support Anna Hazare, join the fight against corruption. It wasn’t just for the heck of giving a call, but the idea stemmed from the brains of first year BFA students, to make visitors be a part of the movement. A corner in the first floor had a cone shaped mount of Gandhi caps, with a portrait of Hazare on the top. The caps made of white paper, carried the message of many visitors and that was pinned on the mount.

The moment you take the passage towards the corner, former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi, former chief ministers H D Kumaraswamy and B S Yeddyurappa and Common Wealth Games chairman Suresh Kalmadi welcome you. Don’t be surprised, its the creative minds of the students here, these netas have come alive. Cardboard cages with the sketch of afore said tainted netas hanging from the ceiling depict the real scenario; while some are already cooling their heels inside jail, others are in the line.

Khudos to students of second BFA. Similarly a mirror in the shape of a woman in standing posture at the entrance of painting department is sure to arouse curiosity. Walk inside and you have many more on display. Cigarette packs and used capsules, besides liquor bottles have all assumed different shapes, warning against the ill-effects it causes. A dustbin made of paper cups and filled with that of plastic sends a clear message against use of plastic. They also have on sale postcards stamped with creativity just for Rs 10.
The department of photography has on display photographs of types, followed by that of sculpture. For animation lovers, short films are screened at 11.30 am and 12.30 pm.  A recreation of newborn baby abandoned in the drain- a take from real life incidents where single mothers are abandoning their infants fearing societal reaction, is the show stopper. A goods tempo lying unused on the premises has been converted into a mini theatre, but only having a space for screen. You can watch a film on plastic found in cattle.

Every tree has worn a bridal look, and a room dotted with newspapers from walls to floor and door to ceiling, a grave made of liquor bottle and capsules are among other attractions. For tattoo lovers, an exclusive stall has also been opened. A group of students in ‘huli vesha’ (wearing costumes of tiger) danced to the beat of native drums giving an artistic touch to the inaugural ceremony. The event organised in protest against the recently organised State-level Dasara Kala Mela at JSS Urban Haat, had painted the institute in different hues drawing interested minds in big numbers.

Former CAVA dean V A Sholapurkar inaugurated the event in the presence of incumbent dean  Deshpande, journalist Vikram Muthanna and others.

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