Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath
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|Founder||S. S. Kukke, M. Arya Murthy, M.S. Nanjunda Rao|
|Website||Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath |
College of Fine Arts
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (Kannada: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಚಿತ್ರಕಲಾ ಪರಿಷತ್) is a visual art complex located in Bangalore. The complex has 18 galleries. 13 of these galleries carry a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures and folk art. The other galleries are rented out for exhibitions of works by artists of repute. The folk art collection showcases Mysore paintings and leather puppets. The Parishat runs the College of Fine Arts, a visual arts college. Each January, the Parishath organizes Chitra Santhe, a cultural event showcasing affordable art to the public. The motto of the event is "Art for All".
The Parishath started off on a two-and-a-half acres of land leased by the Government of Karnataka, with initial donations from H. K. Kejriwal, an industrialist. Svetoslav Roerich donated several of his paintings and those of his father Nicholas Roerich to the Parishath. In 1964, Nanjunda Rao's Chitrakala Vidyalaya was added to the Parishath. In 1966, it obtained recognition as an art-centre by the state and national Lalit Kala Akademi. The Parishath pioneered a survey of the Karnataka state's art treasures such as the famous Mysore paintings. In time, the Parishath added galleries and a graphic studio, making it into a full-fledged art complex. In 1995, Kejriwal donated his family's art collection, which was displayed in spacious galleries in the Parishath. In 1998-99, a sculpture gallery was added to the Parishath complex. An open-air theatre to cater to the needs of the visual and performing artists is also present. In 2003, two more large galleries for international and folk art were inaugurated.
The Parishath has published books related to art and culture. A book on Mysore paintings and its translated version in the Kannada language is one of the important publications by the Parishath. Some of the other publications brought out by the Parishath are:
- A fully illustrated volume on Ganesha.
- Humanism in Art by Svetoslav Roerich.
- A collection of articles on Y. Subramanya Raju, Mysore Palace Artist and an ex-Vice President of the Parishath.