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Chittara Exhibition


Center for Revival of Indigenous Art (CFRIA) is committed towards preserving and reviving Indigenous Art practices in India. Its aim is to promote and support declining indigenous art practices concerned with the upliftment/ economic regeneration of the artist community, with a focus on the Chittara folk art of the Deevaru community in Sagara, Karnataka.


Through CFRIA, Geetha Bhat has worked with Deevaru artists and the younger generation to realize the value of their contribution, created opportunities to further aesthetic understanding and created exposure for the art form in urban and contemporary spaces. Through Geetha's sustained efforts over 20 years, CFRIA has become an authority on Chittara in India, and has carved out a space for this folk art tradition in the modern world.


Geetha Bhat, the founder of Centre for Revival of Indigenous Arts,

is a multifaceted artist, educator, and cultural ambassador with a diverse background in traditional arts, including Origami, Ikebana, and Chittara painting.


She has been working with the Deevaru Community for over two decades on their art form Chittara. With her fieldwork, numerous introductory workshop on Chittara have been conducted in several educational institutions like Christ (Deemed to be) University, Valley School, government schools and fine art colleges. Chittara Murals have also been commissioned in a few public spaces like South Western Railways, Spicmacay Resource Center, Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA), Indian Music Experience and in a few private residences. Her research has led to presenting papers in international conferences.

In the Media

Select Exhibitions


As-salaam - Chittara artworks and posters exhibition at The International Conference on Asia Pacific Art Education (National Hualien University of Education, Taiwan)


First International Chittara painting exhibition, workshop, lecture-demonstration and photography exhibition on Lifestyle of the Deevaru Community

Jan 2014

Chittara workshop & display at Spicmacay State Convention, Chikkamagaluru

July 2015

Chittara Backdrop for Founder's Day at Valley School, Bangalore

April 2016

Chittara paintings exhibition at Royal Orchid Hotel, Bangalore

(Silver Surfers Senior Citizens Club)

Aug 2016

Chittara painting exhibition at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore

Feb 2018

  • Chittara art fundraiser (Pause for Cause) at Taj West End, Bangalore for Concern India Foundation

  • Chittara art fundraiser for Concern India Foundation (Calcutta, Pune)

  • Chittara Paintings exhibition at Japan Habba

Sept 2018

Chittara painting and Baskets exhibition at

Tata Consultancy Services


Oct 2022

Chittara paintings exhibition at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore (International Indian Folk Art Gallery)

Nov 2022

Exhibition & stall at Global Investors Meet

Feb 2023

Chittara Exhibition at Bangalore International Center

Mar 2023

Chittara painting exhibition for Kannada Rajyotsava

(Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore)

Dec 2023

Exhibition & stall at Folkluru (BLR Design Week)

Research Papers

InSEA – Asian Regional Congress

(Seoul, South Korea) - Aug 2007

From the physical to the virtual environment: Investigating the impact of this digression on the transformation of autochothonous art practice of Chittara

InSEA – World Congress (Osaka, Japan) - 2008

InSEA - International Conference on Asia Pacific Art Education (National Hualien University of Education and Hualien Creative Culture Park, Hualien, Taiwan) - Oct 2007

From mother to grandmother's art -

Chittara: an autochthonous art practice struggling for survival

The Traditional Art Practice of Chittara and the Challenge of Reviving this Practice of Deevaru Community in Southern India

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