Themed around human-elephant conflict in Bannerghatta National Park
Bengaluru, April 11th, 2017: ‘Love for the Giants’, an art exhibition themed around human-elephant conflict existing in Bannerghatta National Park was inaugurated today in the prestigious Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. It is organized by Prank Abstracts and A Rocha India, a not-for-profit organization with an aim ofbringing awareness about existingconflict.
The event was inaugurated in the presence of famed celebrities from Kannada film industry as Movie Director Mr. Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, Mr. Chethan Gandharva, actor and Ms. Jeevika, actress.
A Rocha India realised that creating awareness about the conflict and its impact on the animal life has become crucial due to increasing frequency of such conflicts taking place. Their thoughts resonated with a nature enthusiast and entrepreneur, Mr. Praveen Nandkumar. Praveen, Director(Marketing) at Bangalore-based real estate developer, had been painting the canvas as a passion and when this passion got an inspiration,‘Love for the Giants’ took shape.
“We had been working towards the cause for last ten years and have received very good responses too. But this issue requires constant research and efforts. We still feel awareness amongst general public about the issue is limited and thus such exhibitions are very important”, said Mr. Prem Mitra, Chairman, A Rocha India at the inauguration.
“I have always had a certain affinity towards elephants. They always amazed me and thus when I met A Rocha India, I knew my debut painting exhibition will be on this theme. I feel art as a medium is very strong when it comes to spreading awareness about a larger issue. All my paintings have drawn inspiration from real life incidents faced by elephants.”, said Mr, Praveen Nandkumar, artist.
The collection on display includes 15 paintings and 5 potteries. Every painting puts across a strong message for example, one shows elephants stuck in forest fire, one a lone tusker, another shows how elephants dream about earth as their heaven, etc. The proceeds from the sale of art from the exhibition will be donated to A Rocha India for carrying out their research and efforts.
LFTGiants_1 & 2– Art lovers appreciating the collection.
LFTGiants_3 – Seen in the picture are (L-R) Kannada actor, Chethan Gandarva, Kannada actress, Jeevika, Kannada Movie Director, Mr. Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar and artist & owner of Prank Abstracts, Mr. Praveen Nandkumar.
About A Rocha India
A Rocha is an international nature conservation organisation working towards addressing animal-human conflict across 20 countries represented in North and South America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Asia. A Rocha India has been working in and around the park since 2004 to address these issues through careful science and environmental education. An innovative and successful project involved the use of ropes soaked in a brew of oil, chilli and tobacco as a sensory barrier to keep elephants off crop fields. School children from nearby villages have also been involved in nature camps that highlight the wealth and importance of the local wildlife.
About Prank Abstracts
It’s taken from his name Praveen NandaKumar and his style emerges through his abstracts, hence, the name PraNK Abstract. Each of his works carries a story, unveiled perfectly on canvas. PraNK Abstract is also actively involved with communities that strive to make a difference. Praveen was fascinated with sketching even as a child. And soon it became the one hobby that he pursued relentlessly. He believed that there were no bounds to what he could express through art. One of the crossroads in his life led him to embrace art and discover the artist within. The vivid perspectives acquired during his extensive travel only fueled his journey in the world of art.