Yesterday, i'd been to the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP) to enqire about next years 'Chitra Santhe'. When i was given an application form for the same, i was also compelled to buy a calender which had Professor Roerich and his son's paintings. And i didn't like it one bit.
I understand that Roerich is quite a phenomenon in the area of visual arts, no offence meant, but the KCP shouldn't force people to take copies of his paintings. I did tell my opinion to the office staff. There's a nominal amount set aside as registration fee which is logical enough. But i think that it shouldn't be accompanied by these so called 'complimentary stuff' (if i can put it) which has to be paid for.
What about us artists who pursue art as a hobby and can't spend good money on flimsy material?