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Colourful palette

The exhibition `Hyderabad with Love' features works of six local artists

Untitled: Nandini Goud

BARRING THE works of two artists (Surya Prakash and Nandini Reddy) the exhibition "Hyderabad with Love" conceptualised and curated by Manvinder Dawer of India Fine Art, Mumbai, being held at the Art Gallery, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, is bound by a common thread - Telangana. 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. While this is not new this exhibition will give the artists of Hyderabad a different audience when it travels to Mumbai to be mounted at the Nehru Centre there.

This show has the original works by the artists as well as a limited edition portfolio of prints and reproductions signed and numbered by the artist. This is ideal for those who cannot afford the original works.

Leisure time: Bairu Raghuram

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.

Men and women are the primary characters in Laxma Goud's, Vaikuntam's, Bairu's and Aelay's works. Laxma Goud's fairly colourful compositions (mixed media on paper) portray men and women sitting in groups, men with turbans and women wearing bindis done in fine lines. The female form displays a little eroticism. Plants jostle for space in the work and hence are juxtaposed with the figures. The goat is a leitmotif in Laxma's and Bairu's works. Bairu's depictions are simple. T. Vaikuntam's signature Telangana women are by now familiar to most people - stylised images in bright, bold colours replete with the big bindis and jewellery (mixed media on paper and acrylic on canvas board). Known as Ramavva or Pochavva, these stand out along with those of the Brahmin priest (Rajaiah Pantulu) and others in the trademark style, which the artist has been following for many years now. Two etchings showcase the different side of the artist's oeuvre. Mostly in dual tones, they are devoid of the bright embellishments, which characterise his Telangana men and women.

Knocking: Laxman Aelay

Laxman Aelay too scans the rural setting and depicts the elements of life rooted in the specific culturality of a village - men, women against the backdrop of their homes. Surya Prakash captures nature in a kaleidoscope of colours. Works under the "Dream of Nature" series are akin to `impressionist' works when observed from a distance. Some kind of `turbulence' in nature can be observed in two works.

Untitled: Laxma Goud

Nandini Goud's works are urban descriptions focussing on interiors of households. Still life in the form of vases of flowers and fruits on the table are part of her vocabulary. Bright colours characterise all the works - be it still life, the goat and the hut, faces or the cosmetic equipment.

It took Manvinder Dawer about six-nine months to put this show together.

Telangana woman with parrot: T. Vaikuntam

He hopes to organise more such shows in the city and may perhaps widen the canvas of art and artists in the future.

The show will be on till March 14 at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute.


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