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SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO
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ART Students of Riddhima School of Painting give form and colour to diverse subjects

Art centralPaintings displayed as part of Chitranjali
Art centralPaintings displayed as part of Chitranjali

Sixty paintings, done by 22 students, jostle for space at the coffee shop. Varied in structure, size and technique, the paintings are expressions of students of different age group who are part of the Riddhima School of Painting.

Flora and fauna seems to be the favourite subjects of choice. Using oil on canvas and acrylic, the students paint a white lotus in full bloom on calm waters, pink flowers against olive green foliage and animals in the wilderness.

The inspiration from established artists in Andhra Pradesh is easy to decipher in paintings of rural women at a temple, carrying pots of water or working in the fields.

A small segment of the exhibition also includes mythological themes. Buddha in a trance and Krishna playing the flute are examples.

The lack of a unifying theme is a limiting factor but the intent of giving prime space to young students overrules everything else. A few noteworthy paintings include the ones by Amala, Vivek, Ravali, Sri Chandra, Aarathi, Shyamala and Indira. The paintings are priced between Rs. 5000 and 20,000.

SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO

What: Chitranjali, an exhibition of paintings by students of Riddhima School of Painting

Where: Beyond Coffee, Road no.36, Jubilee Hills

When: Till November 24

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