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Holi of Lambadas & Gonds మార్చి 22, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, Gond, Lambada, Medak, Telangana Festivals.
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When mothuka is in full bloom

Banjaras, or Lambadas, as they are known in Andhra Pradesh, know that it is the Holi season when the red mothuka flowers bloom. Unlike city folks who restrict their celebration to a single day, Holi is a two-week-long affair for this indigenous tribe.

The celebrations, which begin on the Amavasi of the Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar, goes on till the Purnima day.

Preparations for Holi start with the community members going to the nearby forests to collect mothuka flowers.

The flowers are then dipped in a huge drum filled with water, that turns red overnight. And this natural colour is used to play Holi the next day. (మరింత…)

Aesthetics of Rustic Telangana – Thota Vaikuntam మార్చి 21, 2008

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Art, Articles, Essays, Telangana.
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Thota Vaikuntam

Born in 1942, in Boorugupally, in Andhra Pradesh, Thota Vaikuntam took a diploma in painting and a degree in fine arts at the College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad, and also won a fellowship from the MS University of Baroda, where he worked under the tutelage of K.G. Subramanyan. In a career that has spanned nearly 30 years, he has been regarded as the most prominent figurative painter living today. He has won several awards, his paintings are a part of several renowned collections and his works have been exhibited widely.

Using powerful images of Telangana women, rather redefining them, and is accountable for taking them all over the globe; he elucidates and embodies the rich meaning of feminine beauty.  However, the eroticism in his protagonists appears very subtle and merely suggestive.

The flowing ‘line’ of Vaikuntam has a paranormal quality signifying both form and dimensions. Moreover, he deliberately converts it into volume and into one of decorative motif to cater his energetic space. His endeavors appear to be, to create, bring a serenity of character and harmony between an imaginative concept and his technical expertise.

The man of vibrant spaces, Thota Vaikuntam, one of the senior artists of Hyderabad inaugurated a show titled Tryst with Telangana, which comprised the works of young and eminent artists of Hyderabad at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda. When Anand Gdapa confronted him with his first question, the immediate response was strategic, yet self-contradictory.

AG: Let me put it directly that, your ‘language’ is too much ‘formalistic’, decorative and stereotypical. So, where do you locate yourself in changing paradigms of ‘representation’?
TV: I think, as an artist one has to be true to oneself, his personal experience and expression. I have always given importance to ‘formalistic’ values in a work of art. The sinuous lines and dots in the saree of ‘Telangana women’, the exuberant colours and earthy skin tones are very much part of my nostalgic childhood and I remain bound to it.  As an artist, I have never found it compulsory to avoid the decorative. In fact, I have always welcomed it as a fundamental part of our culture. We all are decorative by nature. Men or women, we love to decorate ourselves with ornaments, with flowers, with clothes, bindis, and cosmetics that are how women in Telangana dress, with dazzling saris and blouses. Well, there are others, who lean towards conceptual understanding of art, which I do not negate. Whatever it may, be these are only dissimilar ways of looking at things.

AG: Who were your close companions in Baroda school of arts?
 TV: There were few but very affectionate. Among them, Mr. Hemendra Bhatt, Mr. Rohit Zaveri, Mr.P.D. Dhumal and Mrs. Rini Dhumal were very close to me, we had great time. There was a kind of ‘hippy culture’; we used to have a great fun. I did really enjoy my stay in Baroda. Mr. Jyothi Bhatt would guide me quite often; he used to be very helpful, well-composed and dignified person.

This untitled work of T.Vaikuntam sold for Rs 46 lakhs in an auction by Saffronart. (మరింత…)

Festival in Colours- Hyderabad Holi మార్చి 21, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Hyderabad, Telangana Festivals.
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Colours of the city

Discover how different communities in the city celebrate Holi with RENUKA VIJAY KUMAR

RAINBOW RAZZMATAZZ Holi brings together people from different communities Photo: K. Murali

No other festival in India can match the vigour, vibrancy and colourfulness of Holi. And perhaps no other brings together so many people from different religions, castes and communities in India. Essentially a North Indian festival, it has been a while since the festival’s presence has been felt in South India.

Today, Gujaratis, Marwaris, Sindhis, Punjabis and Bengalis in the city have still retained their customs and bring in the festival in their own colourful way. Here’s a glimpse into how the city celebrates the festival.

Marwaris and Sindhis buy new clothes and many of them wear white clothes and smear each other with colour. White is symbolic of purity and Holi signifies new beginnings as well. In some places, Holi is celebrated over a span of five days and the fifth day or the day of pancharangani end the celebrations. A bonfire or a Holika is held on the eve of the festival and this ritual includes a lot of merrymaking. Coconuts and coins are thrown in the fire, while barley seeds are roasted in it. Even today, some people believe that the direction of the flames or the colour of the roasted seeds will predict the harvest of the season. (మరింత…)

Chidambara budget is no use for Telangana farmer మార్చి 13, 2008

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in English, Telangana.
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Chidu’s waiver useless to Telangana farmers


Sandhya Ravishankar / CNN-IBN

March 12, 2008
Chinnarajam, Andhra Pradesh: Chidambaram’s loan waivers have been met with a wave of disappointment in Andhra Pradesh.

In Mahabubnagar, one of the worst hit areas, more small farmers have committed suicide – they could not pay back their dues, not to banks, but to local moneylenders.

Ramulu is one among many such small farmers who own an acre or less of cultivable land. Ramulu’s son Chandrappa committed suicide last month, leaving behind a loan of about Rs 90,000 yet to be repaid.

“The banks give us Rs 3,000 per acre. That’s not enough for us. We need at least Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 for the farm. What the banks give us is simply not enough,” said a farmer, Ramlulu.

Each of the 1,200 small farmers in Mahabubnagar is in debt. 70 per cent of them have borrowed from local moneylenders who charge an interest rate at three times the rate charged by banks.

The other 30 per cent, who have borrowed from banks, are also in debt with these same moneylenders.

A National Sample Survey has shown that 82 per cent of AP farmers are in debt.

NO RELIEF: A National Sample Survey has shown that 82 per cent of AP farmers are in debt.