Chitra Kala mandira school of art udupiChitrakala Mandira Kala Vidyalaya (CKM), a Fine Art College having over four decades of purposeful existence has become a cultural landmark of Udupi.  It has been awarding Diploma and Degree in visual art since 1971.

Pramila Cholayya was one of the founders of Chitrakala Mandira, popularly known as CKM in the art circle. Laxman Bhat was the first Principal who was an alumnus of J.J. School of Art Mumbai. Pramila, after finishing her study in Ken School of Art Bangalore came to live in Udupi and newly started the college. As a Director, she put all her efforts in nurturing the budding artists. During her tenure, she conducted many State and National Level Art Programmes and invited many eminent and young artists to Udupi. She encouraged the culture of art appreciation around Udupi and deeply loved this institute during her living days.

Chitra Kala mandira school of art udupiCKM has an art gallery by name Vibhoothi and is appreciated for its activities in the gallery.  It regularly conducts exhibitions, seminars, conferences, workshops and demonstration attracting wide audience. These events help students and art connoisseurs to get to know about the current state of the art. The sand sculptures done on various occasions under the direction of teachers are big crowd pullers.

The Institute is recognized by Karnataka Govt. and is affiliated to Kannada University, Hampi.  The degree offered is BVA (Bachelor of Visual Art) of four years study duration. Artists with this degree are much sought in the fields of cinema, graphic design, interior decoration, animation, advertising and teaching in schools. Candidates who have passed PUC can join the BVA course. CKM has hostel facility and midday meal scheme. Students from backward communities are provided with scholarships. The College has a full-fledged library with more than 1000 books. College is well equipped with computer, printmaking and pottery machinery.

Faculties picked from diverse Universities teach at CKM. Rajendra Trasi(AM., G.D, M.F.A), is the current Principal and Raghavendra Amin(B.V.A, M.F.A), Naveen G(B.V.A, M.F.A) are Lecturers.  Hobby classes are conducted for children and amateurs during weekends and vacation.

Many well-known artists from here and abroad have conducted lecture-demonstrations at this institute.  Students keep continuously participating in the workshops, camps, exhibitions every year, conducted by art organizations around the country – Bangalore, Orissa, New Delhi, Nagpur, Ujjain, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune.  During Institute’s art festivals, the college campus attracts art lovers, locals and visitors. Students have also conducted various social programmes such as art camps for the benefit of NGOs, public, Government and so on.

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Chitrakala Mandira Kala Vidyalaya
Opposite City Bus Stand Udupi – 576 101
Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 820 2522342, 9739249951


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