It was during a Group Art Show that when the trio, Ms. Usha Rai, Ms. Kavita Prasanna and Ms. Shyamala Ramanand met in October 2012 that the concept of “Akanksha” was born. Developing this little thought and hours of brainstorming resulted in a show in March 2014, at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru commencing on the Women’s day. This tiny concept of a show evolved into a Mega Exhibition featuring 50 women artists, showcasing more than 250 works of art, lasting for three full days in 2014 (March 8-10), well attended by more than a couple of thousands of art enthusiasts!
The Second Edition of “Akanksha”, in 2015, turned out bigger and better! It evolved from being just an Art exhibition to an Experience! A sum total of 500 works of art, in a multitude of genres, created by 67 women artists were exhibited, which will filled nearly all 5 galleries at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath! . Appreciated by the vast audience of citizens and artists alike, helped boost the confidence of these women artists. Likewise the third, fourth, fifth and the sixth edition saw many more artists taking part and they have become achievers in their own right. So far we have launched around 500 artists combined, many of whom have gained National and International experience.
Our target is to reach as many passionate hearts as possible. It has been a very satisfying and a gratifying experience in building this platform for budding artists. These women artists come from various professional backgrounds too, like educators, lawyers, doctors, software professionals, writers and social activists.
“Akanksha” has a proven agenda of providing women artists, who are self-taught in art, a stable platform to display their works and talent. Not only these artists have been achievers in their own fields of work, but they also carry enough passion to learn and practice art too. Akanksha has also been acting as a common ground for like-minded artists to interact, collaborate and also make friendships which last a lifetime.
“Akanksha” has also been involved in Social Service activities wherein they have tied up with eminent teachers and artists to guide these art students in improving their skills. All the proceeds of these workshops go towards a trust called Art Can Care ( Art for Cancer Care). This trust mainly helps in rehabilitation and managing extremely poor cancer patients.
Our Vision is to give hope and visibility for all upcoming Artists from all genre’s of Art. We believe in giving equal opportunity to all and that every art is truly a self expression which we wish to respect and showcase here.
Akanksha stands for “Realizing one’s artistic dreams……”
Usha Rai, a post graduate in Sociology, and a banker by profession, is mainly recognized as a writer in Kannada all over Karnataka. She has published 23 books – 7 novels, 3 collections of short stories, 5 collections of poems (two in tulu) 3 collections of essays, 3 life histories, 1 travelogue, and an autobiography. Besides she edited nearly 10 books. She has bagged many literary awards. She got into Art literally by accident , a road accident indeed which left her confined to a bed for six months. Art became a therapy for her to come out of her traumatic experiences. Since 2005 she has been regularly participating in many shows and exhibitions in many forums.
Her paintings are exhibited in web galleries www.fineartamerica.com/usharai; www.artslant.com and www.orangeartgallery.com. Art lovers from all over the globe appreciate her works. She has won some online competitions conducted by www.fineartamerica.com which boosted her spirits. Her Collections includes: oil on canvas, water colour, glass painting, fabric painting, acrylic paintings. She loves to paint landscapes, seascapes, historical ruins, flowers and people.
Having been one of the co-founders of “Akanksha” has been a very fruitful experience in bringing so many women artists together, each one a unique personality by themselves. She has been a guiding inspiration to many women and has been supporting the movement since 2014.
Since childhood, Art has always played a curious and profound role in her growing up, be it fine arts, music, dance, sculptures and even old historical buildings. As her father served in the armed forces, she had a great opportunity to travel the length and breadth of this majestic country and savour them and these memories have left a lasting impression on her mind.
Hence after following the routine studies and a work experience of around 23 years in various corporate organizations, in 2006 she took a plunge into what was her “Heart calling”. A subsequent short term course in Art set her going and the continuous learning from her various teachers have guided her through this artistic journey.
She has held several shows across various platforms showcasing her creations and has been appreciated well. She has also participated in The India Art Festival in 2012, Chitrasanthe since 2007 and several group shows.
Community work has always been very close to her heart since childhood as her father served in the armed forces and hence she co-founded “Akanksha” for realizing the desires and dreams of various self taught artists who like her were looking to establish themselves. Akanksha has successfully launched hundreds of artists since the last 6 years. She has immense experience in curating many art shows including charity shows to generate funds to help differently-abled artists and poor cancer patients.
The idea of going for an Online Art Gallery is basically her brainchild. With this she aims to take “Akanksha” on a global platform.