It was a bloodless revolution today or should I say just the start of revolution . The bellandur constituency which pays 100-crore of taxes every year to the state government has pathetic infrastructure . The roads ridden with potholes , overflowing drains , no pathways for pedestrians. In case if you are trying to cross the junction, you end up inhaling at least a bucket of CO2 and playing Snake and ladders with Yamraj . Yes my dear it is terrifying just to cross and come to the other side of Road.
Do we really deserve such pathetic infrastructure ? As informed citizens what we can do to garner the attention of Government . Social media and a desire to bring a change can help at least to a thundering start. Today was one such day . The procession which was completely coordinated on Facebook and Whatsapp saw people coming from all the adjoining apartments in an exemplary way. People planned their day around this Event with even school children joining directly from Schools. The energy was invigorating and palpable .
There was a group of people from the adjoining villages with Dhol , Nagara . And it was humbling to see people getting united and demanding better infrastructure . With the shout of ” No Road , No Tax” the whole atmosphere was infectious with positivity . The desire to bring a change, coupled with consisted efforts can always help if you are ready to come out of your comfort zone. Either we can keep complaining about the state of affairs or can do our bit by participating as a community. Every little effort makes us more closer to the cause .
By the time I am finishing this post , there has been some positive outcomes. The first ever meeting was held with a State minister and his entire department( BBMP , BDA) which involved many citizens from the community to understand the challenges and prospective solutions . Yes it will take some time and may be stupendous effort but we have started after all . We have a long way to go and may be future involves more protests and struggles , but we all know “A journey of thousand miles start with a single step”
If this post has inspired to do your bit please leave a comment on the post and I will connect you to the group of Sarjapura Volunteers (Whatsapp and FB group) who are working relentlessly for a better neighbourhood . Don’t forget We have a long legacy to leave for our Children. So ACT NOW , in this case we even don’t have the option to REGRET LATER.
Chitra Santhe is an open air exhibition conducted by Bangalore Chitra Kala Parishad every year to bring artist , amateurs or professionals under one roof . It is yearly exhibition which is there for only one day in the month of January . This is also done to encourage local artisans and indigenous varieties of art , find only in the deep pockets of our country.
The exhibition was done on both sides of Kumarkrupa Road snacking around Chitra Kala Parishad and Lalit Ashok Hotel . The traffic was blocked on both the sides of Road so that pedestrians can walk freely . This year it was being conducted on 4th of January , and every year it is conducted on the first sunday of the year . There were artists from all over India Maharashtra , West Bengal , Tamil Nadu , interiors of Karnataka , Andhra Pradesh etc etc. It was amazing to see the variety of art being displayed at one single place almost in a radius of one kilometer,from acrylic , oil painting to murals , art in wood , three dimensional paintings to objects adorned with glass , beads and mirror work .
We reached the place by 4 in the afternoon and it was bustling with activities . The place was crowded and I saw people taking a lot of interest in haggling with artists to get their favorite piece of art . But was disheartened by fact that there were only handful of people who were actually buying . It pinches a lot to me when I see people spending a bomb to buy some fake piece of art for their homes from a mall but haggle for few hundreds from these gifted artists who really struggle hard to make their ends meet. There were some unique art which I was seeing for the very first time . Art using pencil which looked like photographs , art using dried pieces of wood and charcoal . There was a stall where a deaf and mute artist was selling his paintings and his mother was proudly telling about his paintings to the onlookers , felt touched by her gesture. From push carts selling groundnuts , ice-creams , samosas there was little bit for everyone. There were many artists doing the live pencil portraits of people who were interested to get it done.
The only drawback I felt was that just one day was not enough for these artists to sell their work . The exhibition should at least run for two to three days so that more people can come and see this wonderful world of colors and imagery . Even for artists, who put so much of hard work, it not enough to sell their work .After all they deserve a better remuneration for their hard work . So next time when you want to buy art , buy from an artist and it will go a long way in preserving the art form and our rich heritage . Some of the pictures from the exhibition . More details can be found here Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad Some of the art work from the above exhibition which took my breath away.