ಚಿ. ಸೌ. ಅನು ಪಾವಂಜೆ -ಚಿತ್ರಮಿತ್ರರ ಸ್ಪೂರ್ತಿ ದೇವತೆ, ಅಂದರೆ ಸಾಕೆ ?!
The latest artwork being carried out at his desk table.
-Source : FB (20th, April, 2018)
An artist is someone, who can make simple things look beautiful. One such artist is ‘Prashant Shetty’, (Who is fondly known as ‘Chithramitra’ to the world of artists), who creates his works using a wide variety of different mediums from charcoal to string ; anything but a paint brush.
Grew up in Mangaluru ,Karnataka. Later broughtup in Mumbai,Maharashtra. Son of Yelloorguthu Shri.Gundu.Shetty and Smt. Kasturi Shetty, he nurtured dreams of becoming an artist since his childhood. At the age of 6, he gifted 1800 drawings to his favourite-new-class teacher within a week. He never went to an art school.
His father, a business man, wanted him to run the family-owned restaurant, and so he was never encouraged to learn or pursue art professionally. He had to hide his sketches from his dad who refused to indulge in his son’s fantasies. He sketched in the bill books of his restaurant until his work caught the eye of a customer from a leading publication called Midday Mumbai. From there on, this self groomed artist started his career as a freelance illustrator.
The artist with no formal training says :
“My love for art began at the age of 10 when my teacher in school patted me in appreciation for my sketches. After that I started appreciating art as a serious aspect in my life.”
Born in a family of hoteliers, his parents weren’t very encouraging about him trying a hand at art. Since the hotel business was in the family, it became his first training ground in achieving perfection in mixing colours and strokes.
“When I was in college, I used to sit at the counter of our restaurant and sketch customers and gift them their portraits. My father used to hate it but I was determined to make painting my profession,” he recounts.
‘Chithramitra’ is a name to reckon with :
At the age of 18, he was a master of about 50 works involving different styles of painting. It was around this time that he started producing works under the name of ‘Chithramitra’ as per the advice of an astrologer. Chithramitra, meaning a friend of art, observes people from a distance to portray them as characters in his series of art reciting stories from the mythology.
His paintings are predominantly characters from the mythology with a touch of humor. He begins from scratch and creates a ready-to-hang portrait despite his limited knowledge on carpentry, a skill he picked up during a vacation at his grandparents place in Bangalore.
Demonstrating, he sketches a painting of Lord Krishna playing his flute, using a string and single colour. The minute details like the tassels of Krishna’s clothes, the etching on the jewellery adorned and the painting on the halo are all brought out through different shades in the colour.
To the prodigious artist, art is an inborn talent and an artist needs to bring out the beauty of anything the hand desires to create for an aesthetic reason. Mitra confesses, “After I changed my name, I think that my paintings improved. But it took me a long time to get my first break.”
Illustrator for Magna publications :
Chithramitra’s first break came when he started doing freelance work as an illustrator for Magna publications. He held his first exhibition in 2001, where he sold all of the 21 paintings he’d created. However, given the familial discontent over his professional choice, Mitra was forced to reinvest his earnings back into the hotel business. Nevertheless, in the recent years, he has come back to his original calling.
He is an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman.
* His career as a freelance illustrator began in 1994 for Mid-day, Magna Publishing: (magazines like Savvy, Society, Island, Stardust, Citadel, Health n Nutrition and their various other publications.) He was also involved in creating illustrations for Tinkle, Amar Chitra Katha, Sunday Observer, New Woman, Reader’s Digest, Femina and TOI. He also worked on projects on Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai.
* He has worked for various advertisement agencies like LOWE ( Lintas), Kailash, Picture Productions (K. P.C) and FAR Productions. Story boards for advertisement campaigns like the famous MRF Sachin Tendulkar advertisement, Hero Honda, Nyle shampoo Colgate International (Dubai) advertisements in Mumbai.
* He was an assistant director for Mr. Jeet Surendranath, FAR productions, Mumbai. • Developed a cell animation for an educational project with Microsoft, Bengaluru.
*He learnt sculpturing at Shri Hanumantha Acharya school of sculpting, Devanahalli, Bengaluru in1995.
• International caricature festival, Goa (2013)
• Acted in a commercial movie, ‘Shanthiniketan’, directed by Shri. Karthik Shinde based on a story of an artist/ painter in an art school. This movie is in the process of its release. (2013).
• Live shows of, on the spot painting with music, Mumbai and Karnataka (2010/2011/2012) • Caricatured for “Dignity Foundation”, Mumbai (2010/2011)
• Launch of a series of paintings on the epic ‘RAMAYANA’, PART 1, at The Annual Book Fair, Frankfurt, Germany (Magna Publication 2005)
• Auctioned his charcoal work of ‘Mother Teresa’ for a whopping amount at a charity event organized by New York based designer Gazala at Joss in Mumbai, in aid of children affected by HIV AIDS. (2005)
• Eight walls of the Kindergarten classrooms of North Point School (ICSE), Navi Mumbai came to life with realistic pictures of birds, animals and marine life making the ambiance an enjoyable and happy one for the kids. The 3D effect in his work and emphasis to minute details were truly appreciated by the management. (2004)
STYLE : Chithramitra believes that ‘medium does not define the art, but it is the product that relates to the viewer.’ He works with various mediums but charcoal, oil, acrylics, enamel, pen and ink are his favorites. Realistic, surrealistic and graphic are his forte. He loves to create super-realistic paintings on Indian mythology.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS :
• Solo painting exhibition titled ‘Varna Rupaa’ at Prasad Art Gallery, Mangalore which was a tribute to Late Shri. B G Mohammed, veteran artist and founder of BGM school of Art, Mangalore.(2009)
• Solo exhibition, ‘Drishti Srishti’ for the first time in Mangalore. (2007)
• First solo exhibition ‘The Platinum Collection’, charcoal illustrations and pencil sketches at Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery in Mumbai (2000) GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
• Kudlakallavali Art Exhibition, Manglore (2008-2009)
• Bajaj Monsoon Art exhibition, Mumbai (2005 to 2008)
• Affordable Art exhibition, Mumbai (2002-03)
ART CAMPS: • Nidisin and Alwas Educational Trust, Moodabodri, Karnataka (2007 and 2009.) • International Kite festival art camp, Mangalore (2007)
• Art camp at Innoli, Mangalore (2008)
• S.D.M. Integrated School for the disabled, managed by Shri. Veerendra Hegde, Dharmasthala, Karnataka. (2009)
• Mahalasa School of Arts, Mangalore, Karnataka (2008-2009)
• Amruth Vidyalayam School, Mangalore, Karnataka (2009)
• Lakshadeepa Festival at Dharmasthala, Karnataka (2009)
ART DEMOSTRATIONS :
• ‘Art in Action’ which includes painting with thread and ink with live music in Kerala, Chennai and all over Karnataka.
• Ankoor-Asmita’ in Mumbai, an organization which works for the welfare of under privileged kids affected by HIV AIDS and sex-workers.
• Dignity Foundation’ for the elder citizens, Mumbai (2008-2009).
• The Fisheries College, Mangalore. CURRENT PROJECTS:
• Series of paintings on the epic,’RAMAYANA’ a storybook, PART 2, Magna Publications, Mumbai.
• Series of paintings on the life of Hanuman, the monkey GOD, from the epic, Ramayana. CARICATURE SHOWS PERFORMED :
1.Kala Ghoda festival,Mumbai from 2008 to 2017 .
2.DIGNTY Foundation,Mumbai, from 2009 to 2017 .
3.CHITRASANTHE , Bangalore , from 2006 to 2016 .
4.Y.M.C.A. “EKTA” 2017 .
5.Kudla Kalamela , Mangalore , 2010 to 2017 .
6.Prasad Art fest ,Mangalore, 2005 to 2015 .
7.BAHRAIN ART SHOW , 2015 .
8.KUWAIT ART SHOW , 2016 .
9.NAVI MUMBAI ART FEST , 2017, NERUL ART FEST , 2017.
CHITHRAMITRA’S drawings and paintings are familiar, tangible and enduring. His aim as an artist is very modest. He hopes to make people pause for a moment and inhale the beauty of everything around which we may otherwise miss. He focuses all his time and thoughts on familiar genres to ensure that his work does not drift away from our unique Indian culture. CHITHRAMITRA is certainly an artist to be watched. His keen observation and the deft movements of his hands create astonishing wonders on paper and canvas. As such his work remains very collectable for the astute investor. His artworks are in possession with art lovers in India, Dubai, Germany, Spain, Australia, London and the US. CHITHRAMITRA is carricaturing since long….people from various parts of the globe, and celebrities,and politicians and of people near and dear to him. He enjoys gettings the essence of the subject he carricatures by exaggerating the features of the subject to the extreme and yet maintains the likeness of the carricatured person.
In 2011 he carricatured a huge number of old people at the annual function of ‘DIGNITY FOUNDATION’, MUMBAI. This foundation takes care of senior citizens. He had carricatured at the famous ‘KALAGHODA FESTIVAL’ in mumbai. ( 2012-2013).
1. “CONFLUENCE” A PAINTING EXHIBITION BY CHITHRAMITRA AT THE BHARATIYA VIDYA BHUVAN, LONDON,UK. AUGUST 4TH 2014.
2. LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE INDIAN CLUB, BAHRAIN ,
3. A BUNTS BAHRAIN EVENT. 0CTOBER 5TH 2014.
4. LIVE PERFORMANCE AT IN “VISHWA TULUVER PARBA ” DEC,2014, ADYAR, MANGALORE ………
5. LIVE PERFORMANCE AT MALPE BEACH…..ON THE EVE OF THE 90TH BIRTHDAY OF SHRI. ATAL BIHARI VAJAPAYEE.
6. LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE T.M.A. PAI HALL ,MANGALORE ON THE INAUGURAL FUNCTON OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUNTS WELFARE TRUST.
7. RECENTLY EXHIBITED MY PAINTINGS AT THE BHARTIYA VIDHYA BHAVAN LONDON,UK.
8. LIVE DEMO AT THE INDIAN CLUB,BAHRAIN.
9. PERFORMED LIVE IN FRONT OF DR. SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY IN MANGALORE.