Center for Soft Power author Hemalatha met D J Haanvadfs from Los Angeles, USA, who was participating at the Chitrakala Parishat's santhe, organised every year in Bangalore to showcase the works of artists.
The 17th edition of the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath's annual Chitra Santhe or painting fair was held on January 5 at Kumara Krupa Road. The festival featured over 1,300 artists this year.
Haanvadfs is the manager of Indian artist Rabraj. He has been visiting India for over 10 years now and says he is shishya of Swami Chidvilasananda aka Gurumayi ji. He says his first trip to India felt like "he was coming home." He has found his calling in promoting Indian art, and perhaps the paintings of chakras helped him find a new balance in his life, he said.