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The owner of Gallery Sumukha questions why there are no members of the IT industry in Bengaluru’s vibrant art scene. The 1996-founded Gallery Sumukha in Bangalore held yet another opening. 200 individuals crammed into the area, expressing opinions and discussing the work. What set this group apart from others? One is the lack of any representatives from the IT sector. According to the gallery’s owner, Premilla Baid, “We have never had someone from the IT field visit our gallery or purchase our work. “We have always questioned why. Do they support other activities like theater, or do they just not engage with Bengaluru’s art and culture scene?

The Bengaluru art scene is still in its infancy when compared to Mumbai or Delhi. Influential artists like K.K. Hebbar left the city in the 1960s and 1970s to find renown. Artists like S.G. Vasudev, Balan Nambiar, Yusuk Arakkal, and Gurudas Shenoy established themselves in Bengaluru during the 1980s and added innovative regionalism to the framework of Indian modernist art. They exhibited primarily outside of Bengaluru and incorporated traditional idioms, crafts, and spirituality into their work. Government museums like the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (CKP) were perceived as outmoded, decaying organizations.

Bengaluru is currently steadily altering that. A military museum seems obvious given that a whole area was once an army cantonment, but the city also has oddball galleries and museums like the Brain Museum at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, a cartoon gallery close to MG Road, a philatelic museum of stamps, and the Indian Music Experience, a space dedicated to understanding and appreciating music in novel ways. According to Baid, “The opening of MAP has created a buzz for Bengaluru and hopefully that will carry into the future.”

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ServerWhere | Advertised Gallery Well-known Bengaluru-based artists like Pushpamala, Shantamani, Ravi Kumar Kashi, B.V. Suresh, Cop Shiva (that’s his name), and others are on the roster of Sumukha. There are further galleries, such as KYNKYNY, Crimson, Gallery G, and Time & Space. The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) has made an effort in recent years to stimulate the cultural dialogue through lectures, tree walks, poetry readings, and curated exhibitions. Though it’s possible that the NGMA’s lovely grounds and the historic mansion it calls home are its best features.

With artist collectives like Jaaga and 1Shanti Road offering residencies for artists from all over the world, the more fascinating activity is taking place on the streets. Bengaluru’s mix of scientists, techies, and artists leads to unusual combinations, such as dance performances that combine climate change and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which occurred at Future Fantastic, a festival that posed provocative questions about the future of tech, art, and climate change. The festival’s director, Kamya Ramachandran, stated in her opening remarks that the objective was to change people’s perspectives on the situation of the globe.

Source- HIndustan times
Link- https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/what-is-distinctive-about-the-bengaluru-art-scene-101695237865685.html


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