Artists from the South bring canvases to life at Bharati Park this Sunday.
PONDY’s old town is fringed with the deep blue sea, but its heart is a verdant green. This Sunday, the tree-shaded streets around the Bharati Park, dotted with heritage buildings, will see small and large canvases filled with bold strokes, sand sculpted creatively, and artists painting under the glades.
Four and counting
The fourth edition of the Puducherry Road Show is determined to pull off what it has done in the past — make art accessible to more people who don’t visit galleries, by using public spaces. More than 250 artists from across South India will display their work in the periphery of the park, according to Malathi Rajavelu, president of the Puducherry Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, the body organising the show. From Thanjavur paintings to contemporary art, the road show is a unique opportunity to see paintings of every medium in a single space, says A Soucoumarane, vice-president. “With the annual road show, we hope to get rid of the perception that all art is expensive, intended for the elite, and out of reach for the common man,” he says. The road show will have paintings priced from `100 to `50,000.
Look out for the massive contemporary installation by artist Shanmugam and recycled art by art teacher Umapathi. The highlight will be the sprawling sand sculpture by the alumni of the Bharathiar Fine Arts College. The sculpture this year is a tribute to Mirra Alfassa or the Mother as the show coincides with her birth anniversary for which devotees from across the country throng Pondy.
On Sunday, from 9 am to 9 pm, around Bharati Park.
— Olympia Shilpa Gerald