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Chitrashaala 2023

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The fifth edition of the international art residency ‘Chitrashaala’ that concluded at jüSTa Mukteshwar Retreat and Spa saw 119 pieces of art being created over six days.

Launched in the year 2015, Chitrashaala is a joint initiative of jüSTa Hotels & Resorts and fashion designer Deepika Govind to build a credible cultural dialogue among artists from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds through an enriching reciprocation of artistic ideas. This year saw 49 artists, 22 from India (Kolkata, Surat, Vadodara, Mumbai, Nagpur, and Ahmedabad) and 27 international artists (USA, Germany, Poland, Egypt, Thailand, Norway, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Algeria, and Jordan) come together for creative collaborations.

Currently, almost 1000 original artworks made by emerging artists of India are displayed across all the jüSTa hotels, signed, and displayed as per the theme of the hotel. What this really says is the fact that this is a great platform for artists and showcasing art as part of a leisure space.

Deepika Govind says, “there is a good potpourri of different countries, Egypt is a big contingent this time and each country’s artist has a distinctive style and come with a different perspective. The pain of artists especially from Iraq, Jordan, Syria can be seen through their work and that is getting released. It is very inspiring for me as it is nice to see how artists think which is so different from how I think.”

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