Lake Nahargarh Palace by Justa hotels will launch the first ever Chitrashaala, an endeavour to bring art to their spaces by creating a unique experience with artists. Chitrashaala pays homage to the legacy of glorious Rajasthan in India by bringing together 33 international and Indian artists.
Hidden away from the highway, Lake Nahargarh Place is situated in the middle of a tranquil lake, surrounded by 100 acres of green forests and hills. All the 33 artists will travel to Chittorgarh to stay at the Lake Nahargarh Palace. They will paint ‘live’ at the hotel. Their itinerary includes painting ‘live’ at Lake Nahargarh Palace, a day trip to Bundi where they will visit the Bundi school of art and also take a tour of this charming and historically relevant and very captivating town with narrow lanes of Brahmin-blue houses, lakes, hills, bazaars and a temple at every turn. The following day will be dedicated to creating works of art and in the evening, the artists will experience the sound and light show at the Chittorgarh Fort. The concluding day for the artists will also be immersed in completing their interpretation of this enchanting travel before they leave Rajasthan to return to their homes.
Chitrashaala allows these artists to explore this legacy and individually interpret it. The vision of the artists is expressed through the works they create. The ultimate objective, here, is to share this experience with the guests through an art walk at Lake Nahargarh Palace and let them immerse themselves in Rajasthani art and architecture and take home a slice of Rajasthan.
Artist Virginia Besabe from Spain is an award winning realistic artist who has worked in both conventional and unconventional spaces. Avijit Mukherjee’s pen, ink and watercolour works have been critically and commercially acclaimed both in India and overseas. Hanne Haukom from Norway is a celebrated abstract painter. Asis Kumar Sanyal, the acclaimed photographer and senior most artist at Chitrashaala has won almost every photographic prize on offer. Among other artists are Poonam Chandra Tyagi, Radhika Agarwala and Chandan Bhowmick from India, Renee Roy from Canada, David Charles Mendoza from California, and Sefkat Islegen from Turkey.
Says curator, Anirudh Chari, “The impact of a space on creative output cannot be stressed enough. From architecture to music and art, Rajasthan continues to fascinate artists across genres. As much a learning experience as a grand creative gathering, Chitrashaala seeks to provide visual artists with exposure to a wide range of works in terms of form, content and style thereby contributing to the development of artistic expression as well as creative dialogues and possible future collaborations.” He adds, “Another aim of Chitrashaala is to reach as wide an audience as possible. Reaching out to a large number of people for the promotion of intercultural dialogue is an important goal of workshops, as there cannot be inter-cultural interaction if artists have no means to get in touch with one another. It acknowledges a common cultural heritage while, at the same time, respects the cultural diversity of the participants. It is, above all, a meeting place, for the exchange of ideas and practices and demonstrates how dialogue is essential to nourish and enrich culture.”
Remarks Ashish Vohra, Founder Director, Justa Hotels, “In my individual capacity, I have always supported art, artists and emerging artists. Through Chitrashaala, we at Justa hotels wish to express our truest belief in the creative talents that deserve their due and must be brought to the forefront. Everything comes to life through art and we do hope to share this enriching experience with all our guests.”