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
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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…)
Merits & qualifications of new Telugu Chief Minister జూలై 10, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, compromise, Congress, Culture, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, Rayalaseema, Reddy, SC, Telangana, Urdu, Y S Jagan.
Tags: English, Geeta Reddy, Kiran Kumar, reservation, women
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Cong mulling a Reddy CM to stop Jaganaut?
TNN, Jul 9, 2010
HYDERABAD: The Congress high command, caught between a mild-mannered chief minister K Rosaiah and an aggressive Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, is believed to be working on a grand design to stave off the looming menace to its authority. Central to this plan is the induction of a Reddy chief minister if the Jagan threat continues.
With the Congress in the state being perceived as a Reddy dominated party, the thinking is that a Reddy alone can act as a counter balance to the growing clout of Jagan. “Reddys by and large are with the party. This is the only group which is numerically strong, cohesive and the party can bank on it for support, financial or otherwise. At present, Reddys alone can lead the party to victory,” said a senior party leader. (more…)
Medaram jatara, Sammakka Sarakka festival జనవరి 29, 2010Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, Godavari, Gond, heritage, Identity, Kakatiya, Koya, struggle, Telugu, Warangal.
Tags: Jatara, Medaram, Sammakka, Sarakka, women
Arrival of deities heralds Medaram jatara
Three-day tribal festival begins in Warangal
Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao, The Hindu, 29 January 2010
MEDARAM (WARANGAL DT.): The arrival of most revered tribal deity Samakka is all that hundreds and thousands of devotees waited for.
They all held their breath for that benign moment and it finally came.
As the tribal priests descended the Chilakalgutta hillocks carrying the deity, Superintendent of Police Shah Nawaz Qasim and his men fired bullets into the air heralding the arrival of the deity into Medaram village. Carrying a vermilion casket and a bamboo pole considered as the deity and possessed by magic powers, the priests sprinted towards the altar. The devotees jostled and vied to touch them. (more…)