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Monday, 10 January 2011

Sights and Sounds of World Samskrit Book Fair: Part 2

Continuing from Part 1, here is more from the cultural programmes that happened on the sidelines of the World Samskrit Book Fair. On Saturday, 8th January, 2011, 1003rd edition of "Kavyachitra" was conducted at the Kuvempu Kalakshetra, Bangalore, in association with Samskara Bharati and Abhinaya Bharati.

Kavyachitra refers to a cultural entertainment model where a poet and an artist take up challenges from each other, audience, and experts to create poetry and paintings on the spot. Shatavadhani Dr. R. Ganesh was in charge of the "Kavya" part with Artist B. K. S. Varma took up "Chitra". Varma is credited with making painting, a form of "performing art".

Some pictures (click on them for larger versions) and videos from the mesmerizing two hour event are below:

Pictures:

1. Varma drawing Sarswati using colour soaked thread:



2. R. Ganesh concentrating on Varma's masterly work:



3. Flautist Venugopal also forgets to play his flute, enchanted by Varma's artistry:



4. Finshed Product: Godess Saraswati:



5. Humble Varma finishes another work, this time, depicting Valmiki and Shankaracharya:



6. Shiva Tandava:



7. Varma's challenge to Ganesh:



8. Varma responds to Ganesh's challenge:



9. Drawing Lord Vishnu from 'Om':



10. Depicting "Vande Mataram":



11. Great Samskrit scholar Gautam Patel from Gujarat is lost for words while expressing his experience of watching Ganesh and Varma at work:



12. Garba dance being performed by a group of people who had come all the way from Gujarat:



Videos:

Kavyachitra Part 1: Shatavadhani R. Ganesh and B. K. S. Varma from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.




Kavyachitra Part 2: Shatavadhani R. Ganesh and B. K. S. Varma from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.




Kavyachitra Part 3: Shatavadhani R. Ganesh and B. K. S. Varma from hmvprasanna on Vimeo.


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