Bengaluru: Bengaluru witnessed thousands of artists from across India who gathered at the ongoing 16th Chitra Santhe (painting fair), one of India’s largest street fairs being held at the Chitrakala Parishath in Bengaluru.

The theme for this year is Gandhi 150. Mahatma Gandhi used to stay at Kumara Krupa guest house, whenever he visited Bengaluru. There are stories of him resting at the stone rock situated inside the Chitrakala Parishath.

Many moments of Gandhiji’s life have been represented by artistes from Bengaluru and all over India.' Art works are available from the range of Rs 100 to Rs 1 lakh, reportedly.

The fair began at 8am today with chief minister HD Kumaraswamy inaugurating the event. Meanwhile, the hut named 'Gandhi Kuteer' made of bamboo was inaugurated by water resources minister, DK Shivakumar.

On the occasion, Chitrakala Samman award will be presented to five artistes for their commendable contribution to the field of art. Later, a musical programme has been arranged where Ganesh Desai, KC Ramesh and others will perform.

Special arrangements

This year, special arrangements have been made for physically challenged enthusiasts. Four electrical vehicles will take them around the Chitra Santhe. Arrangements for card purchase facility too have been made at all stalls.

The Chitra Santhe will conclude at 8pm and soon after all artistes will come together and clean the stalls and surroundings in keeping with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.