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14 Sep 2019

Report on visit to Chitrakala Parishath

School of Architecture, REVA University organized a study visit to Chitrakala Parishath, College of Arts as a combined visit for Basic design and Visual arts (1st sem B.Arch.) as well as Open elective- Indian art and architectural heritage (B.E-civil, ME, EEE- VIIth sem). 

While Basic design and visual arts is a foundation course for new entrants into the architecture programme, the Open elective- Indian art and architectural heritage has been curated as a course to sensitize B.E students about the rich and varied cultural heritage of India. Chitrakala Parishath College of arts has been a repository of fine arts, sculpture and other artistic traditions of the region since its inception. Currently the institution houses 16 permanent art galleries along with a temporary exhibition space within its premises. Works of renowned artists such as Anjolie Ela Menon, Yusuf Arakkal, Ramkinker Baij, Binod Behari Mukherjee, Abhanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Sher Gil, S.H.Raza etc were on display. The displayed paintings and sculptures covered a vast range of artistic styles and techniques which brought alive the theories of art and composition taught in the classroom for our students.

Students got the opportunity to interact with Ar. Shilpa who was one of the participating artists in the ongoing exhibition on the theme- “Owls of India”. Students were enthralled to see and understand the concept behind her interactive art installation on the above said theme.
One of the highlights of the visit was the gallery of Mysore paintings where Artist Dr. Anupama R.M. explained the technique of infusion of 24 carat gold leaf into the art work. The students were also taken around the artists’ studios where they could observe artists and sculptors involved in their work. The free flowing arrangement of the learning spaces and the mix of formal and informal learning spaces was an inspiration for the students as they could understand the space requirement for creative activities.

Outcomes of the study visit:
 The 1st sem B.Arch. students were able to appreciate the principles of design in terms of colours, composition and abstract expression using various media. The visit is definitely going to help them aspire for excellence in their own creative works. They will be documenting the learnings from the visit in form of an illustrated journal.

 The 7th semester B.E. students showed a lot of enthusiasm during the visit as it was the 1st gallery visit for most of them. They were highly enthused to see the plethora of art works and could now fathom the variety of artistic traditions that exist in India. The students had been introduced to principles of aesthetics as well as philosophies in Indian and western art forms during class and the visit was an excellent way of reinforcing the theoretical learnings. 

We would like to thank the management and team at REVA University for their support and constant encouragement towards our endeavours.

Report on visit to Chitrakala Parishath