Artists join hands to bridge the gap

A 10-member team of artists and painters from Telangana have embarked on a three-day ‘Art Beyond Boundaries’ journey to Vijayawada.-Photo: Mohammed Yousuf  

To bridge the gap between the two States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, a landmark event is being hosted in the city.

The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada (CCV), established as the CSR wing of the Malaxmi Group, at Mogulrajpuram, will facilitate an exclusive art exhibition participated by 10 reputed artists of Telangana State.

The three-day event will start at CCV at 10 a.m on Saturday (October 17). The exhibition will have works of Telangana artists Aelay Lakshman, Bairu Raghuram, Chippa Sudhakar, Kavita Deuskar, D. Jayaprakash, Mohammed Rustum, Kappari Kishan, V. Kiran Kumar, L. Saraswathi, S. Karuna, T. Murali and S. Sundar on display.

A lot of significance is being attached to the event as it is aimed at thawing the frozen relationship between the two neighbouring States.

In a first of its kind show after the bifurcation, artists of Telangana offered to do their bit in assuaging the hard feelings on both sides by using art as a tool. “Since art transcends all barriers, we have named the show ‘Art beyond Boundaries’,” said art historian and critic M. Balamani, who is coordinating the event. Explaining about the significance of this particular show, she said the group of artists were given a warm send-off and the entourage was flagged off by Telugu film producer Daggubati Suresh Babu. Chairman of the Malaxmi Group Y. Harishchandra Rao said the proceeds gained through the show will be donated to the Chief Minister’s Capital Development Fund.

Hyderabad Staff Reporter adds

When Ms Karuna went to Vijayawada to work on print making as part of her research a few years ago, she was surprised on not finding much data and any of the cultural centres that had been established there, where print making works would be displayed.

However, now, as part of her contribution to culture in Vijayawada, the Senior Research Fellow (SRF) from University of Hyderabad (UoH), will be here to participate in the CCV camp.

“Also, back then, there were 19 cultural centres established in the erstwhile State, which were funded by the Lalit Kala Academy that existed from 1964 to 1981. Most of them were now in AP,” she explained.

Each artist will work on their own themes as part of the art camp.

“I will be working on a Buddha painting and another on Indian girls as my contribution to the camp. I have been working on Buddha from the last eight years,” said Kappari Kishan. Mohammed Rustum said his works at the CCV will feature on areas in Andhra Pradesh like Araku Valley.

Ms. Karuna, on the other hand, will continue her present print making work, which is her own personal diary that she will showcase through her visual art.

On Friday afternoon, the cars in which eight of the 10 artists are travelling to Vijayawada, were flagged-off from Hyderabad, while the other two will reach on their own on October 17.

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