See the photos: Bengaluru celebrates the Chitrakala festival in style | bangalore
Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]Mar 27 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai said on Sunday that the state government will take steps to establish Chitrakala galleries in six regional sites as they are to be expanded statewide.
He said that Chitrakala Parishath is the epicenter of Chitrakale (the art of drawing and painting) in Karnataka.
Speaking after the inauguration of the 19th edition of the ‘Chitra Santhe organized by the parish of Chitrakala, Bommai said, “Chitrakala must be extended to the whole state. Steps will be taken to establish Chitrakala galleries in six regional locations “.
“There is a demand to make Chitrakala Parishath, an autonomous institution, a Deemed University. Action would be taken to declare it a Deemed University in the next session of the State Legislature. A new dimension would be given to Chitrakala Parishath under the leadership of BL Shankar by bringing various institutions closer to its affiliation,” he said.
The Chief Minister congratulated BL Shankar on the growth of Chitrakala Parishath and said that the Government of Karnataka is committed to fostering all forms of art and culture.
“Chitra Santhe, a confluence of artists and patrons, occurs after two years. Any art would find its value when presented to the world. Chitra Santhe does it in an innovative way allowing thousands of people to to be witnesses and It is a great source of encouragement for artists,” Bommai said.
Referring to art critics, the Chief Minister said, “You don’t need to be bothered by critics. Their criticisms would make you progress even further. Bommai also interacted with the artists and showed keen interest in viewing their artwork displayed and for sale at the Chitra Santhe which stretched from Windsor Manor Circle to Shivananda Circle. Artists from various states and countries exhibited and sold their works of art.
The chief minister enjoyed the occasion like an ordinary man and he was seen enjoying his favorite childhood mango flavored Joy ice cream candy as he bought it out of pocket. He mingled freely with people and appreciated artists for their talent.
Bommai ushered in ‘Chitra Santhe 2022’ by signing on the side of the art depicting Mother India.
Meanwhile, people in Bengaluru took to Twitter to express their appreciation:
Preeti Shenoy tweeted, “Chitra santhe is amazing!! Artists paradise. A must visit if you appreciate art! Fantastic!! #chitrasanthe #Artist #bangalore”
Chris Kay wrote: “If you are in Bengaluru, I highly recommend you visit the excellent Chitra Santhe art festival today.
With ANI inputs