Bengaluru: The India Art Festival (IAF) has witnessed a full participation of artists from across the country despite the impact of the pandemic, festival organizers say.
A contemporary art fair, this is the first edition of the IAF in Bengaluru which is being held in collaboration with Karnataka ChitrakalaParishath, here, until May 8.
It showcases 25 galleries and 400 artists from all over India in 80 booths. There are also some participants from Singapore.
“The highlight for me is that even though this is the first edition, it is full. There are 80 stalls and art galleries from every nook and corner of the country, from Jammu to Kanyakumari,” said IAF chief executive Rajendra.
“We expect here to reach 30,000 visitors in four days,” he added.
With similar editions in Mumbai and New Delhi, the organizers hope that IAF-Bengaluru will become an annual event like “ChithraSanthe” by the Parishath.
Former Foreign Minister SM Krishna, who inaugurated the festival, said: “It is a refreshing start.
“Two years have passed, not many exhibitions, which disappointed art lovers. I think now it’s starting to work to open up,” he said, adding that the festival is a pan-Indian effort and a pan-Indian push that brings artists from all over the country to come here.
The festival showcases a wide range of established and emerging artists and galleries, covering a wide range of art from complex forms, abstract, romantic, traditional and new interpretations. It also organizes “India Art Festival: Conversations”, a conference on relevant art topics with several speakers on May 6 and 7.
With over 3,000 works on display, the festival has no entrance fee and aims to create an interactive experience for visitors with artists and art galleries.