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Parking problem: Artistic way of protest at CAVA

Artist and student of CAVA (Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts) Sandeep Kumar organised a unique public art show chocolatism’ to grasp the attention of the concerned authorities to solve the parking problem at the CAVA premises on Tuesday.

Sandeep, a first year MFA student of CAVA, vented his anger against lack of parking space and basic amenities at CAVA through a unique art show ‘Chocolatism’. The art show is a mixture of performing art, sound art, wind art and installing art conceptualised by Sandeep. He said, “Chocolatism is a new way of art show conceptualised to express the social problems to the public through art. CAVA is one of the presti¬gious academies in Mysuru and many artists have emerged from the college. Though the new campus is well set up, there is no parking area in the college. Being a student of Art, I have chosen this way to create attention regarding problems faced by the students.”

Speaking to reporters, CAVA Dean Basavaraju said, “It’s been one and half year that CAVA has been shifted from the CTI building on Sayyaji Rao Road. Though the administration block has been set up, the departments and class rooms are yet to get proper infrastructure.We have nearly 250-300 students in the campus and there has been in­crease in complaints by the students that there is no separate parking area to park their vehicles. We have planted saplings and are also making arrange­ments to create shady area in the cam­pus to park vehicles. Sandeep has tried to draw attention about lack of parking area in the campus to the concerned authorities and government through this creative art”.

We have nearly 250-300 students in the campus and there has been in­crease in complaints by the students that there is no separate parking area to park their vehicles. We have planted saplings and are also making arrange­ments to create shady area in the cam­pus to park vehicles. Sandeep has tried to draw attention about lack of parking area in the campus to the concerned authorities and government through this creative art”.

After a decades-long struggle, the CAVA was granted own campus in the premises of German Press two years back in Siddarthanagar. Many students and artists complain that the new campus lacks basic facil­ities and amenities and even protests were carried out by the students of CAVA that the new campus is not fa­vourable for learning and pursuing art work. Adding to the row of protests, the latest artistic protest by Sandeep is try­ing to draw attention of the concerned authorities.

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