Owing to the efforts of two senior artists, Gulbarga now has two galleries which have opened their doors to young painters.
A view of A.S. Patil's (below) Chaitanyamayi Art Gallery.
THOUGH GULBARGA district is considered to be the home of many an artist, it is the lack of good opportunities that has kept them in the dark. Gulbarga district which has produced artists of eminence such as Shantalingappa Patil, S.M. Pandit, Shankar Rao Alandkar, M.T. Bhopale, Shankargowda Bettadur, J.S. Khanderao, Vijay Bhagodi, V.G. Andani, S.B. Uppin, Vijay Hagargundigi and scores of others have attained international fame with their distinctive style. Many other painters of equal calibre haven't made it, because of the lack of exposure.
No art galleries
One of the main reasons attributed to this situation is the lack of art galleries in the region to enable these painters to exhibit their paintings, and that the art galleries in bigger centres such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, New Delhi and Kolkata are not within the reach of these artists, both due to the expenditure in organising the exhibitions of their paintings and the distance factor.
As if to overcome this deficiency, Gulbarga now has two art galleries The Gulbarga Art Gallery established by the Ideal Fine Arts Society headed by Prof. V.G. Andani, and Chaitanyamayi Art Gallery established by another artist of eminence, Prof. A.S. Patil. While the Gulbarga Art Gallery organises regular painting exhibitions of reputed and budding artists, the Chaitanyamayi Art Gallery is functioning with a clear purpose. Prof. Patil, who is the Director of the Chaitanyamayi Art Gallery, is a man of few words and believes more in promoting the fine arts and has established the art gallery with a sole purpose of providing an opportunity to the young budding painters, sculptors, and graphic artists to exhibit their works free of cost. While the other art galleries in the State and outside, charge daily rentals for exhibitions, the Chaitanyamayi Art Gallery has kept its door open for the young artists to exhibit their works free of cost. Prof. Patil believes that by holding exhibitions regularly the artists develop contact with patrons and art lovers.
Prof. Patil, himself is a painter of international repute and his realistic style of painting in oil, particularly the flowers, is a treat to the eyes. He has also organised painting camps for the budding and senior artists on different aspects of life. He said his next painting camp based on the important incidents in the lives of Basavanna, the 12th Century social reformer, and other contemporary sharanas. Ten artists, a mixture of both senior and budding artists will participate in the camp where 25 paintings will be produced. Noted painter and Nadoja Award winner J. S. Khanderao has been chosen director of the art camp, which will be held in a serene atmosphere in an ashram near Mantralaya, in Andhra Pradesh. The artists will stay in the camp for all the ten days and work there.
The works produced in the art camp will be exhibited later at the Chaitanyamayi Art Gallery.
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