Deities in folk art of G Bharath Bhushan సెప్టెంబర్ 5, 2011Posted by bharath in Art, Culture, Identity, Telugu.
Tags: Ganesha, Hanuman, Kala Bahiravudu, Telangana art
add a comment
Deities in folk art
Sohini Chakravorty, The Hindu, September 5, 2011
G. Bharath Bhushan’s latest work is inspired by the popular deities of the Telangana region
The earthy colours of folk art and the various forms of Ganesha, Hanuman and Kala Bhairavudu, predominant in the rural Telangana and their way of worshipping the deities, form the central theme of the exhibition ‘Deities-Series 40′ by artist G. Bharath Bhushan. Inspired from these three idols widely worshipped in the Telangana region and transforming them on the canvas, the artist has documented their various avatars in a melange of colours, forms and expressions. (more…)
A slice of Telangana – Batik Balaiah ఆగస్ట్ 19, 2011Posted by bharath in Art, Culture, Identity, Telangana, Telugu.
Tags: Balaiah, Batik, rural, rural life, Siddipet, Telangana art, Yasala
add a comment
A slice of Telangana
Yasala Balaiah’s canvas at State Art Gallery is a riot of colours
Like the colours of the rainbow, Yasala Balaiah’s canvas bursts into a riot of colours. At the State Art Gallery in Kavuri Hills, where the veteran artist is holding an exhibition-cum-sale of his works, the splash begins right at the entrance. A painting of a couple – a farmer and his wife looking deep into each other’s eyes – catches your attention. Another picture is of a farmer couple with a goat squeezed in between as another goat peeps from behind.
Gigantic female heads – art of Ravinder Reddy జూన్ 27, 2011Posted by bharath in Art, English, Identity, Personalities, Telangana.
Tags: Baroda, Centre Pompidou, G. Ravinder Reddy, gigantic, Laxma Goud, Migrant, sculpture, Tara, Telangana art, Vaikuntham, women
add a comment
A heady success story
June 28, 2011 Deccan Chronicle, By Gayatri Reddy
Apart from being India’s most famous sculptor, G. Ravinder Reddy is also arguably, one of the country’s most modest artists. When asked how he feels about one of his works being sold for Rs 1.41 crore at a recent auction at Christies, he replies, “Really… it sold for so much. I had no idea. My job is to work on the sculptures, selling them is not my domain.” He seems content with the knowledge that people appreciate his work. He also has no idea who his buyers are.
Famous for making gigantic female heads and life size sculptures of women, Reddy has become the toast of the art world as his works are making headlines everywhere. Apart from the recent auction, his current collection Tara, on display in Paris as part of a French and Indian Arts display at the Centre Pompidou, has been getting him great reviews. But success hasn’t affected him at all as Reddy doesn’t even give importance to the fact that he has now firmly cemented his position as Andhra’s most famous artist. “I can’t claim that I am AP’s leading artist. I am just doing my little bit,” he says.
His ‘little bit,’ are giant, pop sculptors of Telangana women which are selling globally. There must be something very enticing about this rural, female form as not just Reddy but other famous artists from AP, like Vaikuntham too are inspired by them. “I can’t comment about others, but as a man, it is natural for me to be attracted to the opposite sex. That’s why I do these sculptures.” Reddy feels the female form gives an artist lots of room for freedom of expression as you can play with colours, texture, volume, form… Women will be thrilled to know that he respects the opposite sex a great deal as the gold sheen, a finishing touch to all his works, is his way of equating them to the rank of goddesses. (more…)
Telangana village – Vaikuntam అక్టోబర్ 15, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in Art, Culture, Personalities, Telangana.
Tags: Telangana art, Vaikuntham
add a comment
‘I avoid drama in drawings’
By Megana Ramaswami
Bold, striking, and vivid — these are the words that come to mind when one thinks of Thota Vaikuntam. Known for his brightly hued paintings depicting rural Telangana life, Vaikuntam shows art-lovers a different phase of his work in Vaikuntam: A Deep-Rooted Tale, an exhibition of his early compositions at Kalahita Art Foundation.
Primarily done in charcoal, this series of black and white sketches retains the same vibrancy that his later, colourful paintings are famous for. “Black and white represent freedom,” explains Vaikuntam, “Every artist begins with charcoal or pencil, and many techniques are easier to achieve with charcoal than paint. It is used for exploration and learning.” And indeed, these sketches show the start of his trajectory in depicting his native Telangana roots. (more…)
Poetic Pictures – Photographer Bandi Rajan Babu ఏప్రిల్ 2, 2008Posted by bharath in Art, Personalities, Photos, Telangana People.
Tags: Telangana art
Glimpses of darkroom magic
Monday March 24 2008
B Krishna Mohan
NOT long ago, photographers toiled in the dark rooms developing and printing. The darkroom chemistry – silver halide, bromide, metol, hypo all gave them a high and many considered it an art to get the right combination of chemicals. And nothing matched the happiness of getting the shadows and highlights right.Rajan Babu, a native of Koratla village in Karimnagar district, belongs to that genre of photographers who created magic in the dark rooms. Rajan, who took to serious photography in 1960 after joining the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University here, is now an accomplished pictorial, fashion and glamour, industrial and advertising photographer.
Rajan, as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of his photographic journey, is now showing a few of his works at the ICCR Art Gallery on Ravindra Bharati premises. The show will be on till March 24.‘‘Excellent pictures do not happen accidentally. There should be control on the lighting and subject,’’ says Rajan who has Andhra Pradesh Dairy Development Corporation and the National Mineral Development Corporation among his clientele. (more…)
Kapu Rajaiah- Folklore in Modern Art జూన్ 5, 2007Posted by Telangana Utsav in Art, Articles, Culture, English, Identity, Personalities.
Tags: Siddipet, Telangana art
Kapu Rajaiah, born in a poor family in a remote place of Siddipet of Medak district, is known for revolutionary changes in modern Indian art. His work popularized the rural breeze moist with fragrance of earth and sweat of toiling masses.
He made an imprint for introducing folklore and rural traditions of art into Indian modern art. His paintings speak of men and women of varied communities characteristic of Telangana villages.
Artists of Telangana మే 8, 2007Posted by Telangana Utsav in Art, English, Essays, heritage, Identity, landuse, Personalities, Telangana, Telangana People.
Tags: rural, Telangana art
Rooted in the rural milieu of this region of Andhra Pradesh, the works of artists Laxma Goud, T. Vaikuntam, Bairu Raghuram and Laxman Aelay evoke the indigenous imagery.
Knocking: Laxman Aelay
That artists are conditioned by the environment is a well-known and recognised fact. The rural landscape has not escaped the attention of the above-mentioned four artists – it in fact dominates their canvas. From men, women, goat, huts to vegetation – the images reflect a stark reality – an idyll one on which is slowly being threatened by urbanisation. The works basically recreate the rural landscape in a way as if it is frozen in time. The colour, innocence, simplicity, flora and fauna are indicative of the bucolic naivety. And the imagery is stylised – peculiar to each artist. (more…)