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Telangana village – Vaikuntam అక్టోబర్ 15, 2009

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‘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.

Vaikuntam early compositions -DC June 22, 09

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.

Even in his earlier pieces, Vaikuntam captures that simplicity with clean, bold lines and stark shading that plays with angles of light in striking, yet uncomplicated ways. “I always feel the need to avoid drama in drawing,” he says. The restraint, however, does not hamper the display of emotion in every portrait. The sorrow in an old man’s eyes, the calmness of the village priest, and the strength of the rural woman are all captured with a disarming honesty.

Though Vaikuntam’s paintings famously feature the dark, beautiful Telangana women, this collection depicts everyone from village scholars to farmers to devadaasis and rural objects like utensils, pots, measuring scales, and even doors. “Everything in the village inspires me. All I do is capture the subject with honesty. I knew all these people and objects personally, which allows the emotion to come through .”

Source: Deccan Chronicle, June 22, 2009




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