Telangana artists forge a fresh bond

Kappari Kishan (sitting) and Kiran Varikilla at work at the "Art beyond Boundaries", a three-day art camp being hosted by the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada on Saturday. —Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Kappari Kishan (sitting) and Kiran Varikilla at work at the "Art beyond Boundaries", a three-day art camp being hosted by the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada on Saturday. —Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar  

A spirit of camaraderie pervades the Aakruti Gallery of the Cultural Centre of Vijayawada (CCV) at Mogulrajpuram centre in city.

A group of artists from Telangana State occupy the space to unleash the power of visual art, speaking through their works of shared humanity in ways that mere words could never match.

“Art beyond Boundaries”, a three-day art camp kicked off at the CCV is the first of its kind event that has brought 10 reputed artists of Telangana State together in a gesture intended to hold out the hand of friendship towards people of Andhra Pradesh.

“Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are like children of the same mother. We feel we are visiting our brother’s house to celebrate the festival together. AP is building a new capital and we are here to do our bit for the cause,” says Mohammed Rustum, lending finishing touches to an image of a woman from Araku Valley. Pointing to another portrait of a fisherwoman, he says he tries to depict evolution of culture through folk art.

A visit to the place explains how art speaks and reaches beyond borders, crosses all boundaries and transcends all barriers. Bright hues of different shades dominate the studio and the guest lecture hall where one finds artists in different postures — standing, bending, crouching, kneeling and squatting — before the canvas to create images of solidarity.

Kappari Kishan is engrossed in painting a Buddha image. “Most of my paintings portray traditional Telugu girl who I feel depicts Indianness,” he says pointing to another canvas with a quintessential Telugu girl withs her hair braided in a plait and a flower tucked in it. Kiran Varikilla, a young painter, is doing acrylic on the theme ‘Enlightenment’. He is also into erotic art depicting mythological characters.

Bringing into play different forms, genres, media and styles, the artists are trying to do all they can to ‘burry the hatchet’ and make a new beginning. D. Jayaprakash’s talent bursts in the form of random contemporary images while L. Saraswathi is absorbed in filling colours in the Durga’s portrayal in its different avatars.

Thrigulla Murali is fascinated by automobiles and uses the canvas space to create images of myriad vehicles that, he insists, are more than just means of transport.

Bairu Raghuram is in the city after a gap of 15 years. The distinct features of Vijayawada are lost in rapid modernisation. “The same can be said about all cities that have been reduced to concrete jungle,” he says trying to recall fond memories associated with this city.

S. Karuna, working on a young girl’s portrayal, says she restricts her paintings to portray her own self. “All my works are visual diaries which depict different facets of my life,” she explains.

Beside her is S. Sundar, Karuna’s spouse, whose work describes life of a shepherd.

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