Chitrakala Parishath – Art, Craft, Handlooms and Lifestyle Exhibition
Chitrakala Parishath conducted Artisans Bazaar – a grant flea market for artisans across India. Artisans Bazaar included everything from the rare contemporary form of arts and crafts, clothing, to jewellery, home décor, furniture, handicraft products from the exhibitor all across India.
The market was filled with amazing craft works including Bhagalpuri Sarees and Dress Materials, Handloom lifestyle products, paintings and much more. One of the central attraction in Artisan Bazaar was the Channapatna Toys. Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna/Gombegala nagara (town of toys).
Pattachitra style painting was also one of the main attraction. These paintings are one of the oldest and popular art forms of Odisha. The Tanjore paintings, the most popular forms of classical South Indian Paintings stole the show. The paintings are characterized by rich and vivid colors, iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces or very rarely precious and semi-precious gems. The craft of making leather puppies was also one of the main attraction. The craft originated in Andhra Pradesh and locally known as Tholu-bommalata, meaning, “The Dance of Leather Puppets”, an Art form of Shadow Play that reached its pinnacle during the rule of Vijayanagara Empire.