45 artists, 90 works of art – how the “Kala for Vidya” exhibition celebrates creativity and raises funds for education
Launched in 2014, PhotoSparks is a weekly column of Your story, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation. In the previous 595 posts, we featured a arts festival, cartoon gallery. world music festival, telecom fair, millet fair, exhibition on climate change, wildlife conference, boot festival, diwali rangoli, and jazz festival.
Taking place this weekend in the Art Corridor of the Taj West End in Bengaluru, the exhibition titled Kala for Vidya is a fundraising show for children’s education. It is organized by the Rotary Club of Bangalore and curated by artist-curator MG Doddamani.
The artworks are priced from Rs 25,000 to Rs 6.5 lakh. Check out our coverage of past Doddamani Oorja exhibitions held in 2020 and 2018, with a special online edition titled Unbound Oorja hosted online during the pandemic.
“The most important thing for me is the noble cause. Kala for Vidya is a fundraiser for the education of underprivileged children, and that was the biggest draw for me to put on the show,” says Doddamani, in a conversation with Your story.
“As a curator, my goal was to bring together all artists and art lovers to fulfill the hopeful dreams of these deprived children. It is everyone’s responsibility to give back to society. and help bring about positive change in any way possible,” he adds.
The exhibition presents around 93 works exhibited in different genres, 45 exceptional artists from all over India. “I usually gather a group of senior artists and up-and-coming artists, providing a platform where young artists can be inspired by seniors,” says Doddamani.
He specially chose nine senior artists to each create a work of art in keeping with the theme of the show, Hope with Unity.
“The nine works of art were combined into a single work of art which was auctioned at the opening of the fair,” he explains. “It was a unique idea I had for this show, and it became the highlight of the show,” he adds.
the programming of artists includes Ajnabh Kher, Ashok Bhandare, Ashu Gupta, Badri Narayan, Basuki Dasgupta, Bhavani GS, Chandranath Acharya, Chetana Ravi, Dayanand Karmakar, Dheeraj Gadicherla, Ganapati Hegde, Girish Kulkarni, Gopinathan A, Gurudas Shenoy, John CF, Kanthraj N, Kiran Sherkhane, Manish Chavda, Manjunath Wali and Narasimha Murthy.
“Creativity inspires ideas and ideas inspire change”, according to Girish Ramanathan, president of the Rotary Club of Bangalore. “Power is actually the ability to do good for others,” he adds.
“Fear not in pursuit of that which sets your soul on fire! If you seek success, serve others,” advises Girish. By giving our time, our skills and our talents, we leave behind an impact in life and achievements.
The Rotary Club of Bangalore operates its own school, Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya. He has both Kannada and English medium, with 350 students from LKG to the tenth standard. The Rotary Club also supports over 40 government schools in villages around Bengaluru and provides scholarships for B.Ed. students.
“Overall, I’m very happy that the show got off to a good start, with paintings sold out and attendance overwhelming. I hope the trend will continue for the rest of the duration of the exhibition,” says Dodammani.
“I ask everyone not to miss this show. The collection will leave you with an exceptional and fulfilling experience,” he concludes.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to explore your creative heart?
See also YourStory pocketbook “Proverbs and quotes for entrepreneurs: a world of inspiration for startups”, accessible as apps for Apple and Android devices.