When in Bangalore and you want to hang out with your family and friends to seize a mall-free weekend, you go to a park to unwind and relax. This activity is usually done on Sunday mornings when the weather is awesome and the sky is clear.
This Sunday February 5th, I went out and I took my art supplies with me for another regular day at the park; except it wasn’t. I went to the monthly Artpark hosted by the Bangalore Art Foundation and the Department of Kannada and Culture, Government of Karnataka and it was the best trip to the park I’ve had in years.
This Sunday was an all-women special edition of Artpark celebrating International Women’s day in advance and I participated alongside 30 + other distinguished women artists including Mridul Chandra, Rekha Krishnamurthy, Bharati Sagar, Bhavani GS and Shirley Mathew. I also particularly loved the poems recited by poet, writer and film-maker Prathibha Nandakumar. I’m a Fan!
Artpark was a sensory filled, unique creative weekend experience to all who attended, volunteered, and participated.
The event was conceptualized by noted artist SG Vasudev in 2014 with the aim of delivering art to the masses by making artists more accessible and art more affordable. It is held in the relaxed and casual atmosphere of Sculpture Park within the Ravindra Kalakshetra campus.
On the first Sunday of every month, artists paint, sketch, discuss their works, take over the entire park and cover it with all things artsy.
I’ve never seen such an art-loving crowd in an art-related event before. As I started drawing at my table, I chatted with groups of friends, students, families and a lot of children who were all vocal about how much they were enjoying the colors and creativity. They were so curious, keenly observing my style/methodology and asking so many questions to understand my thought process.
It was my first time to attend and participate in the event and as I got through each table at the end of the day, I couldn’t help but feel a little emotional over the fact that Bangalore has so many extremely talented female artists.
That’s why I think Artpark is so great: it is one of those rare, unique, non-commercial events in an all too Ka-Ching world. Too bad it was only for a day.