The event covering the entire stretch of Kumara Krupa road, is expected to attract over 1,500 artists from all over the State and the country.
M K Shankarlinge Gowda, Administrator of Parishat told reporters that imitation art work will not be encouraged this year, as it kills the interest in lovers of art. “We need to encourage young artists with original ideas. Such events will only add to the growth of art,” he said. Senior artists Yusuf Arakkal, K Ramachandra and Gurudas Shenoy are expected to be present at the event.
Students from 32 Art Schools across the State, including artists from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh will participate.
The Parishat is expecting a crowd in excess of two lakh people. This time, the Parishat will provide free board and lodge for the artists and also pedestals to exhibiting their art works, unlike in the past when they used to display them on the pavements. The sale of art works was just about Rs 50 lakh last year, this year the Parishat is expecting to do better.
Gowda said efforts are on to create an ‘artists’ corner’ at Freedom Park. “We are still talking about having a public place for artists to display their art work apart from events like Chitra Sante,” he said.