Art & Culture

In Pictures: Celebrate the colours of India at Chitrakala Parishath

Head to Chitrakala Parishath this week and indulge in a shopping experience like never before.

The colourful thread jewellery at Kala Madhayam Photos: Bhaktar BabuThe colourful thread jewellery at Kala Madhayam Photos: Bhaktar Babu

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (CKP) always has an
enchanting vibe to it. It’s buzzing with students who are fascinated by everything that surrounds them. They love the beauty of nature and inspiration comes to them easily.  But right now CKP is a riot of colours, and every corner is buzzing with activities that will instantly catch your fancy. Kala Madhyam’11 is back and this time its way before its schedule. “Due to excessive demand we couldn’t help but have it in May as well. Kala Madhyam generally is an annual affair but this time we are having it twice,” says Gangadhar, Administrative Officer of Kala Madhyam. This time around the mela flaunts of 122 stalls, from different parts of India.

The Objective
Kala Madhyam is dedicated in supporting and empowering the folk and tribal Indian artists and artisans through systematic and sustained development efforts. They believe in ensuring the social and economic well-being, nurture creative community enterprises, foster global recognition and collaboration for indigenous arts, and promote, protect and preserve the integrity and diversity of Indian art, craft and culture.

The traditional loom

You will mystified to see the handloom fabrics from all corners of our nation like Maheshwari, Benaras, Vidarbha silk, Sambalpur, Assam cotton, Coimbatore silk, Chanderi, Bhagalpur tussar khadi, Gujrat Batik and kantha. They have a wide range of colours, prints and designs on these fabrics which is bound to make you fall in love the loom. You can also find Lucknow chikan, appliqué curtains; cushion covers and fine cotton table linen for your homes.

Art and Crafts
The folk paintings at the mela will certainly capture your mood and transport you to a world of Indian traditional art and rural life. The beautifully done terracotta murals will give your home the desired rustic vibe that you have been longing for. The wooden engraved furniture’s like jewellery box, fruit bowl, tables, and  chest of drawers will simply beautify your living room with its sheer elegance.

Traditional Jewellery
If you are an antique jewellery lover, than this mela should definitely top your shopping list. From silver filigree to kundan, Minakari to pearl, Dhokra to lac, terra cotta to Banjara, white metal to thread jewellery. You can find just about everything here. “This particular type of jewellery is called the Lamhani jewellery which is very famous in Bijapur. I weave all the threads back home,” says Kalyansingh from Bijapur who is extremely ecstatic to be a part of KM every year.

Other Attractions

It’s not only the shopping that will make you high but it’s the variety of mouth-watering delicacies (again from various parts of India) that will tempt you to indulge in them. You can also get your hair braided in colourful threads, or adorn a henna tattoo at the mela. Have fun at Kala Madhyam. It’s definitely a one stop carnival for fun, food, and frolic!
The exhibition is on till May 22. For more information visit their

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

Art Complex, Kumarakrupa Road,
Shivananda Circle,
Kumara Park East, Bangalore Map


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