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Ideas to try: Chitra Santhe – Art for all

I heard about Chitra Santhe, Bangalore’s unique art-street-for-a-day via Archana of Rang Decor.  Chitra Santhe is an annual showcase of affordable art by artists from across India. It is an incredible opportunity not only to buy affordable art, but also to give yourself an education.

Wouldn’t Goa be fabulous for an event like this? Sunaparanta at Altinho (Panjim) is attempting the ‘affordable art’ concept by displaying for sale framed photographs and artwork by local artists. I’d love a mega-event like this, though. One that sees artists from every economic background there just for one reason – to display and sell their work. When quality is the only criteria that matters, does your education matter or bank balance matter?  How’s that for equality?

I saw some samples of acrylic on paper from Madhya Pradesh at an ongoing crafts fair in Panjim. While it was interesting to see the artist at work, nothing grabbed me enough to want to purchase it. The themes (and the methods) tend to be fairly predictable – religious leaders, semi-nude women, flora and fauna. I’d have loved to see some ‘proper’ folk art from M.P .

Archana’s blog post showcases several pieces bought from the fair over the years – all are gorgeous and she showcases them so well.

I’d love to visit Chitra Santhe someday and come back with some good stuff. In the meantime, I’m going to start brainstorming about holding a similar event here. Keep those paintbrushes moving, people. I will, too!



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