Submitted by Newseditor on Mon, 2015-12-28 22:08 Bengaluru: Chitra Kala Parishad (CKP), on Monday, housed a rare exhibition of paintings made on the theme of Nature and Women Orientation. The connoisseurs and artists alike were amazed by the works of two senior members of CKP management despite their diverse professional backgrounds. The 4-day exhibition between December 28 and January 1 is divided into two themes-“Prakruthi” by Ramakrishnappa and “Varna Kuncha” by Dr Prabha Shankar. In one section, CKP member Ramakrishnappa, who is a businessman by profession displayed his paintings undr the topics-“Nature” and “Rural Life”. The realistic works brought alive the life in a village and the beauty of nature. His paintings also included landscapes from abroad symbolising a pollution-free eco system. Ramakrishnappa started painting as a hobby at his village Cholanaykanahalli near Hebbala, Bengaluru. The greenery there was an inspiration for him. Speaking to Bfirst.in, Ramakrishnappa said, “The natural beauty of my village inspired me. I started painting way back in 1971. I have studied nature in the various locales of India as well as abroad. Nature plays a very important role in our lives. I intend to propagate the significance of nature through my art”. “I will donate 50 percent of the profit from this exhibition to an NGO and a school to promote art”, he added. Dr Prabha Shankar, a doctor by profession, displayed paintings under the banner “Retrospective Painting” with a women oriented theme. Dr Prabha Shankar, who is about 75-year-old has been pursuing painting as a hobby for the past 50 years. People closely associated with her at CKP told Bfirst.in that she is a gifted artist. Her paintings which were more than 40 years old and her recent oil and water paintings on the Abhigyan Shakunthala, were the major attractions. Landscapes were also kept on display. Speaking to Bfirst.in Dr Prabha Shankar said, “I have been painting since 50 years. My art is deeply inspired by mythological characters like Shakunthala. Nature is also my favourite subject". I will share a part of the profit earned here with the Chennai flood affected,” she announced. Visitors Musings "It is good to see the paintings which encloses the beauty of nature in a frame. The most beautiful part of this exhibition is that it takes us back to the rural life and its environment", quipped V Dhulayya, Retd. Deputy Tahsildar. "It is lovely. These kinds of paintings focused on women are not only pretty to look at but also convey the importance of women in society. Also this concept is very different from others as it is depicted through mythological characters", Kavya R, visitor. "This is very unique. I almost loved all the paintings exhibited over here. In these days of urbanisation we miss the beauty of nature and these kind of paintings make me nostalgic regarding rural life. I believe this is an effective way to propagate the significance of the nature", M Veerappa Moily, Former Chief Minister. Moily also suggested that the government declare Chitra Kala Parishad, Bengaluru and Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA), Mysuru as deemed universities to ensure better functioning.