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DEPICTING REALITY Artist Narender’s work depicts different stages in a woman’s life.  

They say pain is a great teacher and it can either shatter you or help in understanding life's complexities. In artist Annarapu Narender's case, pain helped him present a different perspective on canvas.

“When my son was not well and was in a hospital, I saw the distress caused to my wife. I wanted to show a mother's feelings and emotions through my brush,” he said pointing towards a painting titled ‘Mother and child'. The work is an ode to a mother's love and affection and was part of an exhibition titled ‘Kala Sagar' held at Salar Jung Museum recently.

As a large gathering of tourists at the museum walked past looking at the display and admiring the works, Narender had a feedback book for the visitors.

The strokes and colours of 54 works done in acrylic, watercolours and oil spoke aloud. In a painting titled ‘Remember', it is a realistic depiction. The work is interesting as it presents the different stages in a woman's life. “As a young girl, she is beautiful and her beauty makes her proud. As she ages, her beauty fades slowly and when she becomes old, the reality strikes hard,” he said. The colours were symbolic and balanced too as if there was vibrant mustard yellow in the background for the young girl, in contrast, the old woman's image had dark grey tones. Another interesting feature of Narender's paintings was that their composition is unique and they have multitude of images in them.

The artist is also inspired by music and some of his works show the rhythm of music and dance. “When I heard Adnan Sami's ghazal, I painted these Love Beats,” he said. In ‘Different Melody', a woman and her different moods and gestures are shown along with different musical instruments like tabla and veena. If ‘Village Market' shows the hustle bustle of a village life, ‘Turning Point' focuses on Buddha's enlightenment.

The artist worked as an art teacher in the 90s and was also a private tutor to many students. “My works try to show the different stages and moods of a human being through colours and strokes,” he said.

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