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Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath: India’s Premier Arts and Design School (Since 1960)

Last Updated on July 5, 2024 by Tariq

Chitrakala is the art of drawing.

There are many types of chitrakalas, but they all share the common thread of exploring and capturing the beauty around them through different mediums.

The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP) is an organization based in Bangalore that aims to nurture this art form in Karnataka.

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is one of India’s premier arts and design schools and is considered among the best for painting, sculpture, applied art, and art history.

The organization also encourages inclusion and inclusiveness through this art form as it allows people from diverse backgrounds to showcase their artistic talent.

Let’s look at some interesting facts about the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.

About Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath was founded in 1960 by the founder President, late M. Arya Murthy, and founder Secretary, late Prof. M. S. Nanjunda Rao.

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

(Source: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath)

The organization has been a driving force in reviving the lost art form of Chitrakala and has established itself as a premier organization actively promoting Visual Arts.

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath comprises a network of museums, galleries, and archives displaying a valuable collection of pan-Indian visual culture, including folk, traditional, modern, and contemporary art.

KCP also has the College of Fine Arts and Bangalore School of Visual Arts, which includes an undergraduate, post-graduation, and research program in visual arts for Indian and international students.

The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath complex has 18 galleries, of which 13 carry a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, and folk art.

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Gallery

(Source: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath)

The remaining galleries are rented out for exhibitions by artists of repute.

Max Mueller Bhavan, Alliance Francaise, and consulates of various other countries find the KCP galleries to be an ideally suited location to host exhibitions in Bangalore.

The Central and State Lalitkala Academy have been permanently hosting their exhibitions at KCP.

The folk art collection showcases Mysore paintings and leather puppets.

The Parishath runs the College of Fine Arts, a visual arts college.

Every January, the Parishath organizes Chitra Santhe, a cultural event showcasing affordable art to the public.

The motto of the event is “Art for All”!

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is a tourist spot, a center for visual discourse, and a space for visiting artists from across the globe.

Chitra Santhe

Chitra Santhe is an annual art exhibition organized by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.

Consider it like the Kumbh Mela of art!

Chitra Santhe happens in January, and the 2023 edition will be held on Sunday, 8th Jan.

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Chitra Santhe

(Source: Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Facebook Page)

Chitra Santhe (Art Market) was conceptualized by the then chairman of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Dr. D K Chowta.

The idea was to bring art lovers and artists face to face without any galleries in between.

Here, art was displayed much like in a market. It was out there for the commoner to see.

Chitra Santhe is an ideal platform for both budding artists and established ones from across the country to showcase their work to the aam junta.

From watercolors, oils, and charcoals to terracotta and sculptures, there’s a lot on offer at Chitra Santhe, making it a must-visit for all art lovers.


Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath,
Art Complex, 1, Kumara Krupa Rd,
Near The Lalit Hotel,
Kumara Park East, Seshadripuram,
Bengaluru, Karnataka – 560001



Phone: 080 – 2226 1816
Fax: 080 – 2226 3424


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Monday to Friday: 9.30 AM to 5 PM

Saturday: 10.30 AM to 5 PM

Sunday: 1 hour before an event


Where is Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath located?

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is located on Kumarakrupa road, near the Lalit Ashoka Hotel.

When will the Chitra Santhe be held?

Chitra Santhe happens every year in January. The latest edition of Chitra Santhe will be held on 8th January 2023.

When is Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat open?

Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat is open from Monday to Saturday between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.

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