When artistes painted the town red

Annual Chitra Santhe at CKP draws huge crowd

When artistes painted the town red
The annual art fair “Chitra Santhe” which was inaugurated here on Sunday on the Kumara Krupa Road was a crowdpuller.

By afternoon, the footfall was so much that people had to inch their way through. While the police had a tough time managing the crowd, for art enthusiasts, the hustle and bustle only seemed to add to all the fervour.

What stood out at the fair this year was the number of visitors who turned buyers of art. This time, the art work on sale was available in a wide price range encouraging the common man to patronise art. Hence, it was not just a niche crowd or interior designers making purchases but just about every one. Some people were seen taking away multiple paintings.

There was an array of art work on offer and several people who had come just to take a look around were soon turning out to be buyers. The lone ATM on the premises of Chitrakala Parishath, which saw a winding queue, was a testament to it.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, one of the art lovers at the venue, Indu said, “This is my first visit to the art fair and I am taken by it. I personally think it is affordable. Think of the money that you would shell out for a movie ticket. I would rather cut back on some movie tickets and buy paintings that I like.”

She, however, felt that the fair could have been extended by a few more days. People would have had more time to go through all that was on the offer and the artists also could have sold a lot more paintings, she added. 

Buddha in demand
While, overall, artists saw an encouraging response from the crowd this year, there were a section of the paintings that were popular. Almost every other artist had paintings portraying the Buddha.

Harish Kulal, an employee of a multi-national company in the City and a participant in the art fair representing the Bodhi School of Art, pointed out that a lot of people were going for paintings of Buddha.

“In my opinion, I think people are looking for art work that can reassure peace and tranquility. Paintings depicting flowers and landscape are also in demand.”

Anil Kumar S U, another artist, corroborated the same. He was one of the artists who said people preferred Buddha paintings as it was a reassurance of serenity. “The beauty of a Buddha painting is that it brings to mind silence and calms you. I think this is the reason why people prefer it.”

The number of people buying art work with pure decorative interest was also on the rise, artists felt.

Konda Srinivasa Rao, a participant in the fair, said, he had sold 8 paintings until noon and the price range was between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000. “It is encouraging that people are investing in art. A lot of what I sold was for decoration of the living rooms.”
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