Monday 18 May 2015

Painting a Brighter road forward- by Raj Bhandare

Artist : Raj Bhandare at studio : Photo copyright : Prany Mane
Nearly 60!children between 8 and 16 years, led by Artist Raj Bhandare, mixed colours to the right consistency and painted a network of squares on the road below the Panaji Church Square from 9PM-12AM on Friday. The Times of India's road painting event in Panaji under the Goa for kids initiative was flagged off by Panaji MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar.

Panaji: Artist Raj Bhandare's every move was watched intently as he mixed colours to the right consistency and drew a network of squares on the road below the Panaji Church square from 9PM on Friday.
That was probably the only few minutes the nearly 60 children- that registered for the Times of India's road painting event in Panaji under the Goa for Kids initiative - sat still.
Kids working at Road as canvas- Goa for Kids- Times of India

No sooner Bhandare signaled that the children could grab the amount of paint they  wanted to first sketch with black and then fill in the colours to their liking in one of the demarcated squares of their choice and size, there was no stopping the children or their creativity that thus flowed.

Fighting off their cycle of sleep -from 9pm till 12 midnight - the children aged 8 to 16, grabbed every colour of their choice, brush and roller available and, to the surprise of the thick crowd of curious onlookers, did not stop till their masterpiece was finished to their satisfaction. Some went on until they were coaxed to put the brush down when the clock struck 12.
Panjim Church- Goa

Bhandare was on his toes, moving from from square to square with advice, appreciation and valuable tips, to inspire art works that not just impressed but stunned its viewers.

When Panaji MLA Siddharth Kuncalienker entered to mark the event open, he was not to leave without joining the children in adding a patch of his own artwork to the colourful chessboard of original paintings.
Raj Bhandare with Kids - Goa for Kids- Times of India

"I think it's great to have a canvas on the road where the otherwise hustle-bustle is converted to something so creative and amazing in front of our good old Panaji Church. It's a memory that will last the kids for a lifetime," said one parent Cheryl Saldanha, a resident of Caranzalem.

Children from various ends of Goa were attracted to participate in the event.

Thirteen year old Bicholim resident Supriti Thomas was one such participant who was not stopped by the distance or the time of event from being a part of it. "It was a very unique experience. Right from rushing to collect the different colours of paints to painting our hearts out on the floor, we had a lot of fun. I want more events like these," she said. "It was an activity with a twist. The spirit of togetherness prevailing with no competitive spirit, very much enjoyed by kids and parents alike," said a parent Sharmila Mascarenhas from Porvorim.

TNN | May 17, 2015, 02.00 AM IST  Sunday Times( Times of Inida- Goa) Times city


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Thursday 14 May 2015

Paint Panaji red, yellow, blue and more ..Say - Raj Bhandare

Panaji: When children, aged 8 to 16, will come together for The Times of India's Goa For Kids road painting event on May 15 at the Panaji church square, the kids will not just awaken their creativity for a few hours but they will be inspired to overcome limitations for a lifetime.
Artist: Raj Bhandare- Studio- Goa

That is artist Raj Bhandare's promise to the participating children. Last year for Goa for Kids, Bhandare got the children to create a masterpiece on a massive canvas, where all the children painted at a time. But this year, the canvas has only got larger and the children will pour out their creativity on the road below the Panaji church. 

"I was thinking about how to make the canvas larger than last year's. Children usually paint on a piece of paper and even if we paint on a large hoarding, it still has limitations of a certain space. Every time you are working within a limit. Then I thought of making the Panaji church square our canvas," Bhandare said. 

He said that painting on a road with no visible boundaries will alter the child's perception of the world around him or her forever. 

"A tender age is the right time to put such a seed and wait for it to germinate...It will inspire the children to break the shackles of influence of parents, media, friends and of different kind," the artist said. 
Raj Bhandare Interview with Reporter 
Bhandare strongly believes that such an exercise will help explore the true potential of a child. "I believe every individual has a seed of greatness in them. They should be inspired to say 'I am the one who is blessed, who will risk it, and I will grow'," Bhandare said. He said that the road painting is not just an ordinary painting exercise involving children, but it will be an instrument in carrying out a mind shift. 

The event in Panaji is open to children from the entire length and breadth of Goa. 
"I would ask the participating children to be prepared to have fun. And to the parents I would like to ask them to allow their children to fly and play big. Let this be the motto of the evening," Bhandare said. 
Recent work by Raj Bhandare

The event in Panaji will take place from 9pm to 12 midnight on May 15, where the traffic will be blocked from the stretch to allow children to be at their creative best. 
Bhandare believes that children need to be exposed to an entire range of creative pursuits at a young age to help them discover their path. 
Kids for art- Goa for Kids

"One needs to understand that creativity leads to spiritual burst," said the artist. 
Participation in the event requires pre-registration. To book your spot to enter artist Raj Bhandare's creative world, call 9049644477 or 3045066 from 10am to 5pm. You can also send in your registration to There are limited seats available. 

TNN | May 13, 2015, 02.00 AM IST ( Times of Inida- Goa)

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