The Light we Shine on Others
From the history of Ramayana, comes the celebration of lights. The joyous occasion of Diwali is right around the corner. Have you done anything special yet?
Chitrakala Parishath (CKP), one of Bangalore’s well-known and cultural organisations, hosted a charitable Diwali a 2 day exhibition The Festival of Lights in collaboration with the NGO Community Services of Bangalore (CSB). CSB was founded in 1998 and promotes fellowship, undertakes eco-friendly projects and engages women in related social issues in the city. However its primary concern is to raise funds for the care of the needy and the underprivileged and to make a difference in their life.
Diwali is a festival of kindness and cheer. People from all around gather together at fairs and exhibitions held throughout the country. The exhibition that was held at the CKP art institute captured the essence of the festival. It was a visual feast to the visitors. The gallery was packed with colourful varieties of exhibits and a crowd very down-to-earth.
Spread out in two halls, vendors at each stall displayed a wide range of Diwali offerings. Simple and traditional, stalls exhibited ethnic apparel such as Kashmiri silk , Luknowi Kurtis and Kalamkari apparel. There were also many fashion accessories stalls with a colourful range of bangles, ear-rings and anklets made of oxidised metal, terracotta, silk thread and also precious stones.
A variety of handicrafts such as greeting cards, painted diyas and cloth bags were on display. There was also a stall displaying a traditional art form from Bihar known as Mithila or Madhubani paintings. Quilts, brass home décor, lit and twinkling lamps were also on offer.
Chandan, a student at CKP was shopping at the exhibition with his family. “With the festive season of lights upon us, there can be nothing more special than celebrating it together as a community,” says Chandan. “The stall with folk-art paintings mesmerized my emotions,” added Chandan.
A festival with no sweets is like a birthday with no cake. This stall serving home-baked cakes, brownies and other baked goods was the perfect place to indulge one’s sweet tooth!
Besides the usual, a few interesting stalls one would have not expected to see were Solar lighting, aromatherapy, a Tarot card-reader and Life Craft and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) which helped people gain insight into their psyche.
Rashmi, a student from Chennai joined her family and friends to celebrate Diwali. “My friends informed me about this exhibition and I have been having a great time being here for a good cause,” says Rashmi.
Enjoy a blessed and happy Diwali, friends!