The Art of Building Communities

Its just been the 8th Community Drumjam in the city last weekend, and yet feels like being a part of a large family for a long time now. May be its in the music. The welcoming open group. The location being right in the heart of the city.  What it has developed into is a large community of musicians pursuing their passion. The working class refreshing themselves with a jamming session between their routine. Thrilled college kids and youngsters inspired to participate in a one of a kind music event. And onlookers only watching over the event happening right in front of them, either because of already occupied seats, or an overly occupied mindset.

Busking and performances at open spaces is still in a nascent stage in India, and Drumjam seems to have taken the ‘dignity’ factor behind such performances notches higher than it has ever been. Which is good. Great, infact. Headed by the remarkably talented drummer Roberto Narain and singer/actress Vasundhara Das, it sure has been a welcome change to see people participating in a community jam by the busy MG Road, Bangalore; embracing both music and an openness to the mind. Creating a more constructive, open, united society by bringing together people from all religious, regional and professional backgrounds.  So, its a well spent Sunday evening with infectious energy, inspiring artists and thumping music. And a whole bunch of strangers connecting together participating in the Drumjam is proof enough for music being the language of the soul. Glimpses from the event, more on the community at http://www.drumjam.in/

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MG Road Metro Station, The Boulevard

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A Jamming Session in progress

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Roberto Narain taking the crowd

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Onlookers gathering around the venue

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Vasundhara Das joining the cheer

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The young and old alike shaking a leg. Spontaneity at its fullest, as with the rhythm.

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A section of the event from the overhead walkway

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Abstraction

” There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterwards you can remove all traces of reality. ” – Pablo Picasso

A part of the weekend spent on cleaning up my room brought me back to some of my old sketches, and it was only then that I happened to notice that most of them were the ones drawn while I was travelling to college. Bangalore does boast of some of the wildest pothole filled roads and insanely mad traffic. So during the times when the local bus was not crowded and i did manage to get a seat, I immensely enjoyed drowning myself with my notepad and pen scribbling away quietly by the glass window. Here’s one of them that I finally converted to a digital vector illustration. This digital rendering of the illustration was done keeping a scanned image of my hand drawn sketch as reference and took two days to complete.

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Art for All

It was a brush with art of all sorts imaginable on 5th January, 2014, when Chitrakala Parishat, The College of Fine Arts, Bangalore hosted their annual public art event ‘Chitra Santhe’. The term originates from the native Kannada language of the localites, literally translating to ‘ Art Bazaar’. The event brought together over 2000 amateur and professional artists from all over the country for the mega one day event exhibiting paintings, sculptures, murals, installations and mixed media art works throughout the day.

The main highlight of Chitra Santhe is the idea of taking art beyond the confines of the 4 walls of a gallery, the event is spread over the entire college campus and the stretch of Kumara Krupa Road, which is blocked for the event with permission from authorities. The entire street becomes the platform for numerous artists showcasing their works, and for live portraiture and caricature sessions for those who want to take a quirky memento back with them. In this context, the event underlined by the thought ‘Art for All’  has become the common man’s festival of celebrating art in Bangalore. The remarkable talent and infectious enthusiasm can only get bigger and better, so all I was thinking of when the event concluded was about what we could expect from Chitra Santhe 2015. For which, I can only wait and watch, and I already am, eagerly. Here are a few glimpses from the art festival that went by.

The art of choosing joy.  An enthusiastic little spectator reacting to a cartooning session.

The art of choosing joy.
An enthusiastic little spectator reacting to a cartooning session.

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An artist overlooking the crowd from his display area

A section of paintings on display

A section of paintings on display

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The entry point to the college campus, from the display of art on the streets
A close up from a sculpture of The Buddha on display Also had the chance to interact with the sculptor behind this magnificent piece made of fibre glass which gave me some interesting insights to the casting procedure

A close up from a sculpture of The Buddha on display
Also had the chance to interact with the sculptor behind this magnificent piece made of fibre glass which gave me some interesting insights to the casting procedure

Baby’s Day Out

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Don’t mess with me goonies!

My routine of clearing old data from my system turned into something more enjoyable this weekend, thanks to an old set of photographs that I located. This takes me back to the Cubbon Park in central Bangalore, which has been one of the most preferred choices for field trips from most kindergartens and junior schools. On that day though, it was solely to meet Aarav, who is as adorable as he is innocent. Brought to spend the morning in the park by his parents, it seemed only delightful to watch the little one make his own way through the park. I realized how much we take a regular walk in the park for granted, while I watched Aarav, in no apparent hurry in life, take his time with picking up pebbles, fallen flowers, coloured leaves and, much to his mother’s dismay, tiny insects. And the next thing I know is we’re drawing in the sand, making imaginary creatures out of the clouds above and collecting flowers of different colours. The rush of going back to childhood again really took me by surprise too, it was probably embarrassing to an extent to be seen crawling on grass or imitating animal calls together by on the park bench. But it definitely felt good. Great in fact! Spending time with children has always been more rewarding in every respect in reminding oneself to look at the world with the same curiosity, wonder and amazement. It probably took an Aarav to bring out the child in me in an instant, and it was one of the best days I’ve ever had.

Here are the few pictures I took of him before joining Aarav on his own small adventures. And here’s to bringing out the child in each one of us. And to the adorable little one who continues to touch everyone he meets 🙂

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Did u see my tooth fairy? 🙂

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Mmm…

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Cute, huh?

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I saw ya!Tee hee hee!

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