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    The annual festival is back with interactive sessions, workshops, exhibitions & more

    You name it and Art Bengaluru 2016 has it all — art displays, movie screenings, art walks, live concerts and a host of other highlights that will keep you hooked over the next 10 days. Currently in its 7th edition, the event will see the coming together of 31 artistes from across India and the globe, and a display of over 150 artworks, spanning paintings, sculptures, and photography. Organised by Sublime Art Galleria in association with Yes Bank, the festival will also have workshops, to hone your skills in organic farming, baking, origami and a host of other fields.
    “This year’s festival is geared towards a wider audience and not limited to art and design lovers alone. We want to get the city talking about the role of art in resolving the challenges we face on a daily basis,” says Uzma Irfan, conceptualiser and organiser of the event.
    The theme this year is ‘Celebrate the World with the Spirit of India.’ So it’s only apt that participating artists include painters, sculptors and photographers from Peru, China, France, Netherlands and Israel. Talking about the curation process, curator Abhishek Naidu says, “We didn’t want to be too specific, as the aim was to keep it as diverse as possible. But we stuck to modern and contemporary art.”
    The festival starts off with a performance by Karsh Kale, Indian-American musician, producer and composer, on Friday, while Saturday will have a set by Wolfpack. The Sivamani Siruhar Trio, featuring the renowned percussionist and his team, will draw the art extravaganza to a close on August 29 with a lively performance. “Another highlight of the festival is the live painting session by French artist Marco 89. We’ve installed a 30-foot long, indigo graffiti wall at the entrance to UB city, where he will be seen in action,” reveals Naidu. Other artists showcasing their works are Dilip Chau-dhury from Kolkata, known for his award-winning watercolour paintings, apart from Abdulla Pathan (Bengaluru), Adil Writer (Auro-ville), Subodh Kerkar (Goa), and Sharad Haksar (Chennai). Feel like enhancing your art experience with a movie? Head to the amphitheatre for the screening of world movies by the British Council, Instituto Cervantes (Spanish cultural institute) and the Italian Cultural Embassy. “The idea is to be inclusive,” says Naidu in conclusion.
    Rs 1,500 (opening ceremony). At UB City. Tonight, 8 pm. Details: artbengaluru.in

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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