We were there by 10 in the morning which for me is pretty early. But the streets were already abuzz with participants lining on either side of the street with numerous paintings. There were artists from all over India and you can make out from which part of the country they are, from their paintings.. There were paintings of villages of Tamil Nadu, backwaters of Kerala, the great architecture of Hampi, the madubani paintings of Bihar, the palaces of Rajasthan, the sun temple of Odisha, the dal lake of Kashmir, the monasteries of Leh, the rikshaw puller of Kolkata, the tea estates of Darjeeling.. So if you want to have a good chat with someone from your native, all you have to do is go there and you will definitely find an artist from your place. I was more than happy to be taken to TamilNadu through these paintings.. Paintings of young girls in half saree, kids enjoying in river, the ladies drawing kolam in front of house, the palm fruit seller, men in lungis, women in paddy fields, shore temple and much much more. The way the art has changed over time can also be seen from the paintings and the artists. In front of the very intricately done painting with beautiful expressions was a simple old man where as in front of contemporary paintings which were more of colors splashed around was a dude artist. The paintings in most cases were the reflection of the mind of the artist. Some were lovers of animals, some where landscapes, some where dark paintings, some where of Gods, some where lovers of women, it was as though you see the painting and you can read the artist. There were many stalls where I stopped to ask if it was photo or painting. There were also sellers of crafts. Artistically done mirrors, earrings, pen holders and much more. All the art work were for sale. Paintings went from 1000 to more than 50k. Self portraits were also done.
Here are some lovely paintings I shot at the event.
|Streets filled with paintings|
|Painting of painter painting a face. This one had some 3D effects kind|
|Faces from the street|
|So close to a photo|
|Common sight of villages near Tiruchendur Tirunelveli|
|And those are not shadows from the tree.|
|Something so simple can inspire you to paint?|
|Another detailed set of paintings.|
|Loved everything in this collection|
|Madhubani painting. Made with pen nib and colors out of fruits and vegetables.|
|Moods of a woman|
|Made me wonder, can the artist really visualize so much detail and draw|
|Colorful collection for your wall|
Looking for Chitra Santhe 2015 paintings? Well here it is – Chitra Santhe 2015