Kanika Jain Gupta doesn’t know what kind of tree in Cubbon Park her Colouring Club meets under, but it’s lush, accommodating and she’s sketched it in 23 different ways.
This past Sunday at 7 am, a crowd of mostly IT professionals (by coincidence, but it’s also Bangalore) responded to the illustrator and colouring book author’s Facebook event and showed up at Cubbon Park, hoping the grass wouldn’t affect their abilities to colour inside the line.
This was Kanika Jain Gupta’s first Sunday session, to promote her new colouring book Gods and Goddesses, but she claims she has a larger goal too. “This way, we make use of the city’s parks, plus it’s really, really therapeutic,” says Kanika, a graphic designer who in the past has worked with publications like Vogue and Platform Magazine.
This past Sunday at 7 am, a crowd of mostly IT professionals (by coincidence, but it’s also Bangalore) responded to the illustrator's Facebook event and showed up at Cubbon Park.
As for the uni-dimensional crowd, Kanika quickly learned that IT professionals are quite the onions, each shedding their Monday skins to reveal Sunday souls – they are part time photographers, illustrators, those who take regular stabs at writing.
You can join in spontaneously if you’re in the park, since Kanika provides loose leaves from her latest book – elaborate black and white drawings of Ganesh, Shiva, Kali, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Brahma – and pencils as well, which she picks up from her favourite art supply store inside the Chitrakala Parishath school. (You can bring your own colouring book and supplies too).
“I love mythology for its visual drama,” Kanika tells us, and in the absence of Cubbon’s Shakespeare in the Park, this might be the only action around. Unless you’re part of the core fitness group that works out right by Kanika’s sketchy cluster.
Cue sound from the park’s laughter club.
In short, don’t party too hard this Saturday night, set your alarm, and make your way over bright and shiny on Sunday. Pack a breakfast picnic for after, which you can eat by the park statue of Sheshadri Iyengar, the maker of modern Bangalore who was instrumental in cleaning the city after the plague of 1898.
A stoic reminder to tidy up after you’re done, but remember to leave some crumbs for the birds.
Getting there: Join the Sunday Colouring Club Facebook page for updates or find them behind the Cubbon Park Metro Station at 7 am.
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