Indian Paintings and art fairs 2012

Indian Art fairs and exhibitions - Bangalore 2012


It was that day of the year again, the day of art for all. An art exhibition, the biggest of its kind covering miles of road and artists from everywhere across this nation flock to exhibit their paintings on the streets of Bangalore. The premises of the Chitra Kala Praishat is huge, but not big enough for the thousands upon thousands of artist who congregate here for this fair. Chitra santhe or Art Bazaar as it is called aims to connect the artist to the buyer. You have to be there to feel the inspiration coursing through your veins and reaching and touching even those not too artistically inclined. I would never miss this day for anything in the world. I spent the whole day talking to artists encouraging them and learning what goes into those beautiful masterful pieces of art. With the crowds in thousands thronging about, getting a good look at art that is exhibited is next to impossible. It was not just paintings, crafts of all kind, fibre art, tattoo and you name it, and it was there. You could have a pencil portrait for less than $2 . What more could you want?

Please do not copy or share these pictures. Used with permission from the artist.
Please do not copy or share these pictures. Used with permission from the artist. | Source

Lost in the beauty of man made creation around me I was in heaven. Holding a piece of heaven wrapped in newspaper lifted me even higher. Buying art directly from the artist cost you just 1/10 of what a dealer would charge you. I tried to pick up conversation with artists who looked different from the usual artistic types. What did I find? Men and women who threw up their jobs to follow their heart and their passion. People who had full time jobs and families, yet found the time to worship the art they so loved. A software engineer, a student, a mother, a business man were all part of the surprise package. People with a heart for art. I named my pictures ‘heArt’

I promised a few upcoming artist that I would mention their names and link up to their sites because they deserve to be recognized for their talents. The sweat and the labour of love really goes unrewarded.

This picture of a mother and child stole my heart. I could not afford the piece and it was too big for my home anyways. I just couldn’t get enough of this. This is the kind of talent you get to see.

I am partial to Landscapes, especially oil on canvas. I bought one, a picture of serenity, snow caped mountains and a stream reflecting the greenery. The lady who did the painting was a untrained artist, a teacher, whose driving passion has been her art. I wanted to pose with my painting but I decided that the artist was the one who actually merited a place on these pages. Here is Mrs Nayana with her scenic peace / piece. I am waiting for her to create a website so I could link up with her. An amazing human being with amazing talent.

Ravi Raja's landscapes were a notch above the others, not the usual copies of the masters. The light streaming through the trees, the almost three dimensional effect of the painting and their textures fascinated me. He works full time in a huge corporate and yet finds the time to beautifully adorn as many canvases as to hold a exhibition by himself. Look up his site www.ravirajart.com and get in touch with him directly.

Another artist was busy talking to a lady who was crying. I wondered what was happening, I did not catch their conversation as I was too interested in the paintings I saw. The man was consoling her, this woman of good standing. After she left he narrated to his friend that he found the lady looking very sad and staring at nothing, so he asked her what made her sad. The woman broke down on the street telling him that she had come last year to this exhibition with her husband and she missed him this year as had passed on a few days later of a heart attack. What caught my attention was the artist had hundreds of people staring at his art and trying to buy them, he was busy consoling a woman from his heart. I salute the humanity in the artist. He spent something close to half an hour disregarding his business just to speak and console a stranger he had never met before or may never ever meet again. This is India, the land that I so love. A people with a heart, placing value on what is the most important thing of all humanity. I could not get to interview this man as he was mobbed by buyers vying for his attention.

This young man Selva Senthil Kumar here has great talent. His painting of a young girl and a bullfight of the south blew me away. His colors and depiction were stunning. This simple young man has great talent that could do well with some promotion. Today if you are interested please do get in touch with these artists directly and place your orders. I have nothing to do with it. My work here is done. I wanted to show them my appreciation and salute them for their talent through this small promotion here on Hubpages. His website is http://www.venkyartist.com/

This is only a very minuscule sample of the Indian art fair, I would be linking this hub with other artists as and when I check out their websites. Thank you for staying with me to salute some exceptional talent and hard work that these artist put in. I appreciate that very much!

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radhikasree 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

There are really many talented artists hidden in India. What a great job you've done here by bringing them into light? Their paintings inspired you and you didn't forget them. This is another example of your love towards those artists who took you to heaven for sometime.

Voted up as beautiful and useful.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Radhikashree it was amazing to be there. I never miss this show. The most inspiring one for me... and also one that sends me on a guilt trip for not touchings those paints and brushes anymore.. lol :) I am sure anyone who was there would like to do their bit to promote these talented artists. Of course there are these middle men who buy in bulk from an upcoming artist at a flat rate and cheat them of their existence. That was why I decided to write up this hub..a small drop in the ocean. Thank you for the support, do look up their websites, you may find something you like! Have a wonderful day!


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You

Fabulous paintings here, sofs. Also amazing to think this is but a small fraction of the talent that is out there, unseen, and unrewarded. Thanks for bringing these to our attention. I suspect many of them create these just for the love of creating. Getting paid for these works is a bonus.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

That is true Tim, most people love their art so much.. I am glad that you recognize the talent though I have just showcased a few people here.. most of them have no idea of what having a website could do for their art... Hopefully their truly get recognized and rewarded for their talent. Thanks Tim, for taking the time to read, appreciate and comment. Have a wonderful day!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh, I wish i could have gone with you. We would have our portraits done in pencil, buy a painting, have lunch and hug. I love art. My favorite pastime is visiting art galleries. Thank you for sharing your day with us


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AkaiMiko 4 years ago

Lovely work. Nice coverage of the artists as well!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Ruby, it would have been a fun day....we would have truly enjoyed it...I am sure..a pencil portrait would have been a lovely keepsake..the lunch... well there wasn't much time for that..but the hug would have a happy one for sure... LOL ..Think of it, I love the idea very much!! Plan and come over to Bangalore the next year in January and we have a date...what do ya say...I saw an American couple carrying rolls of canvas between them... you should think about this ... really and you can stay with me.. deal? Thanks for the lovely comment... :) God Bless!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Akaimiko, Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment. I appreciate that! Have a wonderful day . God Bless!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh Sofie you are so sweet. Thank you Dear one..Cheers


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Hey Ruby, Thank you, but I am serious.. you don't wanna take me up on that offer? You are welcome any time. You would love the sun :):):) Have a wonderful day my dear!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi sofs, like always exploring I love art and would have loved to spend the day with you both, soaking up the atmosphere, lunch and coffee but most of all meeting these wonderful artists and enjoying their work.

Thank you for sharing and voted up.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Leslie, the invitation is also extended to you... but that comes with the hugs of course lol :) It was really a day of inspiration... and I would have loved to spend it with the two of you.. but please do take a look at the sites and if possible leave a message for those artists I have mentioned here... thanks for the read and the comment. Have a wonderful day. God Bless!


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Great paintings sofs. So glad you actually got to meet these talented artists.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Senoritaa Thank you! The seeing painting and the artist was wonderful... Glad that you took the time to read and leave a comment, please do take a look at the website and offer these artist some words of encouragement... if you are so inclined to. Thank you and have a wonderful day! God Bless!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

So very nice of you to share the story of these talented artists and even link to their websites. You have honored them and perhaps even helped their art business flourish. Thanks for this look at a fun sounding day.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Thanks Peggy, it was really my kind of Fun day.. These artist could do with all the help they get.. and I am so glad to link to their sites.. perhaps my PR would help them a bit ... thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a beautiful day!


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Really lovely paintings, just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this with us, Sofs.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Sofs, I am sure this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I like how you capture the artist in this article. The artist has so much to do with the painting and the painting has to do with the artist. You capture this important trait. Wonderful job.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Paradise, thanks for taking a look. I really hope that these artists will get more than their share of recognition and earnings. Appreciate the comment very much. Have a wonderful day/Weekend!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

the lyricwriter, I admire these artists, many of whom work is such adverse conditions. It is often just the art that is seen and appreciated not the artist... I so love your comment, this hub is about the artist and his/her artistic impressions. Thank you for taking a look and leaving a comment. God bless, have a wonderful day/we.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

We have an Arts Festival here annually as well, and it is incredible to see all the different craftspeople making so many beautiful things. It would be amazing to see one in India. This is a beautiful telling of the art and the heart.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Millionaire Tips, I love art fairs. It was indeed the story of art from the heart.. I really wish I could see the one in your country too .. Thanks for stopping by means a lot to me and the artists that I represent here. Have a wonderful day! God Bless!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Truly beautiful and interesting sofs,

Take care and I wish you a great day.

Eddy.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Eddy, thank you for taking the time to check this hub out it means a lot to me. I would love these artist to have more exposure. have a wonderful day! God Bless!


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grinnin1 4 years ago from st louis,mo

Thank you! As a painter myself, congratulations on a wonderful and beautifully done hub. Glad my path crossed yours. Voted up!


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Grinnin, Lovely that our paths crossed ... I am always happy to meet an artist, and have great regard for them.. I am glad that you liked my hub.. the sincere words of thanks I have received from the artist themselves is heart warming. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day . God Bless!


gudu jain 4 years ago

nice painting


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Gudu jain, Thanks and have a great day!

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