Bangalore’s Art, Craft and Design Festival

2019 | October 12-26


  • ArtMantram Trust is dedicated to creating public interest and appreciation of the arts, crafts and artists.
  • ArtMantram Trust will hold the Bangalore Art Craft and Design Festival 2019, bringing together artists, craftsmen, Padma Awardees, practitioners and academicians to synergise both established and aspiring proponents of Indian Arts, Crafts and Design.
  • The Festival venue is Bangalore, which is emerging as India’s City of Art and Artists. It will also add another dimension of Art and Craft tourism in Bangalore and Karnataka.
  • The Festival will be held across fifteen (15) days and will include amongst others, an Art Souk, Kalagrama – a crafts market, a Dance Appreciation Workshop, Children’s Activism and Art involvement, Padma Awardee Exhibition and Interactions and a National Conference on Arts, Craft and Design.
  • This multi-venue, multi-event Festival is a unique opportunity for everyone to get involved in this Dream of renewing Bangalore’s image as the City of Art and Artists.
  • Wide-ranging support from well-meaning individuals has been received.

Core Committee

ArtMantram has in-house expertise and the events are coordinated by the following core-committee:

Jija Hari Singh

Managing Trustee

Raji Narayan


Yumna Hari Singh Jawa

Vice-President and Founding Trustee

Usha Pavate


Elina Abraham

Creative Director

Kashmira Nair

Co-ordinator Festival

Activities, Dates and Venues

12th to 26th of October 2019

Manasa: Festival of Art Craft and Design Finale

26th October

Some Key Participants

Padma Awardees

Anita Reddy
Govardhana Gajam
Laila Tyabji
Sharada Srinivasan
Sudharak Olwe


Naresh Narasimhan
Sathya Prakash Varanashi


Abhishek Poddar
Bose Krishnamachari
Manju Pillai
Rekha Rao
Shantamani Muddaiah


Kirti Ramgopal
Meghna Das


Geetha Narayanan
Geetha Rao
Toolika Gupta


Antra Bhargava
Lakshmi Ishwar


Sandhya Mendonca

Policy Makers

Ambassador Nirupama Rao
Sujata Prasad


Anju Maudgal Kadam
Pavitra Muddaya
Prasad Bidappa
Revathi Raju


Prakash Belawadi

Festival Artworks & Paintings

Jeya Prakash

Vijayashree nataraj

Sanahi Studio

ArtMantram’s Journey


Exhibitions and Art Camps

Interactions / Lecture Demonstrations / Causes

Roeriech Centenary Celebration – a festival celebrating creativity with focus on painting camps, exhibitions, street art, pottery, classical & folk dances, youth festival and painting competitions for school children across the state – 2004

SAARC Artists Camp in 2002 – Top artists from SAARC countries interacted with public and attended a Painting Camp, Seminar Exhbition, and Interactive Session with Art lovers and Media at ICCR gallery, Delhi 2002

Art Therapy sessions held at Kidwai Cancer Ward for children undergoing cancer treatment and their caretakers.

Art, Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi – a festival of India in London 2010

Exhibition of top and upcoming artists of India,and classical dancers, Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi 

Pillar 20/40 by Rina Schenfeld: The foremost Israeli dancer audio-visual presentation and an interactive session. 2002.

Hebbar Centenary Celebrations 2012

Solarplate etchings and monotype: By Judy Bourke, an Australian artist. N. Delhi 2002, JJ School of Art, Mumbai 2003

Launch of Citizen’s Forum for Public Art and Environment. 2002.

Heneyu, a fifteen day Art and Craft festival celebrating Dussehra 2014

Art in the Park are sessions held often at Cubbon Park, where artists paint live.

New Media Art Workshop with Google Doodler Ryan Germick for young artists, focusing on visual storytelling. In partnership with the Alliance Française – 2011

Lifetime Achievement Awards to Women in Arts and Letters from 2010 to 2019

Awarded to eminent women in the arts, music, dance and literature. Anjolie Ela Menon, Shashi Deshpande, Arpana Caur, Vimala Rangachar, Leela Samson are some of the awardees

Philanthropic support several organisations working in education, autism and mental challenges.