Telangana Formation Day Art

Artistic serenades to the state

Symphony of Colours Art Camp in commemoration of Telangana Formation Day illuminated a love for a state rich in heritage

As many as 206 professional artists from all over India converged at the Symphony of Colours Art Camp in State Art Gallery as part of a celebration of Telangana Formation Day. The flow from art piece to art piece presented a spectrum of perspectives of the state’s history, present and future.

The art camp was inaugurated by S P Singh, the Chief Secretary to the Government of Telangana, and presided by B Venkatesham, president of the State Art Gallery. Guests of honour included Deshpati Srinivas and Nandini Sidda Reddy, chairman of Telangana Sahitya Academy.

The art camp attracted visitors from all over the twin cities as well as curious tourists who were eager to see Indian artists create masterpieces in real-time.

In focus

M V Ramana Reddy, president of Hyderabad Art Society, admits that it was not easy to plan such a massive event, especially because some circles in the arts community tend to avoid events altogether lest they bump into each other. However, he adds that the artists eventually attended, making this art camp of the biggest events he’s planned and he looks forward to more occasions of unity in the industry.

Artistic serenades to the state

Jeevan Gosika presents a breathtaking portrayal of Lord Krishna set against a background of all the prominent South Indian temples. Jeevan, who hails from Hyderabad, explains that getting the most minute details in the architecture of the temples is extremely important as Telangana is hailed for its collation of stunning temple architecture. He makes use of charcoal in this mixed medium to achieve rich earthy depths in his work, bringing Krishna and these structures to life.

Priyanka Aelay, with a pinpoint paintbrush, focusses on the state’s vast ecosystem. She explains, “This piece in particular focusses on the fragmentation of environmental issues, looking at the flora and fauna. For me, it’s about the socio-political conditions of the environment and it’s conveyed through the work.” At first glance, her artwork has serene undertones but upon closer examination, there are layers indicating the seemingly unending issues. The cranes featured in the piece, especially, look harried as if calling for help.

Swamy, an art director at Siri Institute of Painting, celebrates the universal beliefs of Buddha. As well as using the traditional acrylics, he integrates the use of clay powder to bring a three-dimensional feel to his work. “This method is a recent experimentation with which I’m quite pleased. Touches of white here and there really illuminates the whole piece too.”

Kurella Srinivas uses his artwork to focus on the agriculture sector — specifically the plight of farmers. A farmer in profile is set against an outline of the state. The lines of distress in the farmer’s face delineates the need for attention to an industry that is the cornerstone of the economy but is neglected.

With his larger-than-life personality, Bijayananda Biswaal from Odisha is known for his 25-years-long love for trains.

Having worked as a Chief Ticket Inspector for Indian Railways in Nagpur, he explains, “It’s a tribute to Telangana and the reach of its cultural heritage. I’ve painted the state’s distinct flora and fauna, the dance form.”

Other notable pieces included an eye-catching hyper realistic painting of a jar of Osmania biscuits and Telugu street art with layers of spray-paint.

The four-day art camp was a success — a true testament to the state of the arts and the arts of the state.

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