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Deities in folk art of G Bharath Bhushan సెప్టెంబర్ 5, 2011

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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.

Drawing inspiration from his childhood memories, the artist has depicted these deities in different media and a generous experimentation with vibrant colours gave his paintings an earthy tone to enhance the rural flavours. Mixed media, acrylic, pen and ink drawing dominates most of his works. Bold and distinct outlines with an intricate work in the body and use of shades of orange, red and yellow to represent the earthy shades, the artist has captured different postures and tones of Lord Ganesh in his works. The sombre and sedate from of the usually vibrant Hanuman and a painting of the mighty Hanuman carrying Lord Ram and Lakshman on his shoulders particularly stands out. One of the fiercest avatars of Shiva as Kala Bhairavudu is represented in its traditional form and in a range of colours.

The artist’s strength lies in the simplicity of its pictorial representation to capture the life behind these deities and the generous use of colours highlight the richness of the rituals and culture of the Telangana region through its popular deities. G. Bharath Bhushan who started as a photo journalist, has many solo exhibitions to his credit and his current collection reflects his understanding and familiarity of the culture of the region.

The exhibition is open till September 8 at the Inspire Art Gallery, Hyderguda.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/arts/art/article2426405.ece

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