Celebrating shapes

The serene forenoon ambience at Shilparamam is pleasantly distracting, as sculptors of national repute chisel out finer details on their creations of art.

Intrude into their engrossing world. They take time to dwell passionately about their work. "The stones are not dumb. They have a rhythm, natural expression, which a sculptor can easily understand. The inspiration is from the stone itself and the theme is in consonance with its natural form,'' says Aekka Yadagiri Rao, senior most sculptor at the camp whose sculpture depicts nature, growth and human element, in harmony.

``Ten days is not enough really to complete a sculpture,'' many of the 12 sculptors selected by the Lalitha Kala Academy, New Delhi, and deputed to the National Sculptors' Camp, being hosted at Shilparamam, Department of Culture and Tourism, say.

Gayoor Hassan, founder of contemporary sculpture movement in Kashmir and working on themes of tranquillity and melody reflects, "Only art connected to any form of creativity can give peace to the world. Each sculpture with its new life stands ready to communicate through its elements with the observer. The joy derived out of looking at an object of art is no less than a spiritual experience. A must in these times of discontent and unrest.'' Gayoor sculpted a female folk dancer in a symbolic form as it relates to music and melody.

The `Arthnariswara' sculpted by S.K. Kushwaha from Kurukshetra University, Haryana, is again a symbolic representation of the `creation' and `nature' which is so essential to preserve the balance and order.

Kiriti Kumar G. Prabhu from Goa conveys the spirit of communal harmony with his sculpture resembling a fish representing symbols of different religions. So is the arresting piece of work by Bhupesh Kavadia from Rajasthan, which shows a mother communicating with her child in her womb. A poem inscribed on her heart brings out her agony and despair at the way her offspring have taken different identities and fighting among themselves.

Lathika Katt, the lone woman sculptor from Delhi, who works simultaneously in a variety of media, right from cow dung, terracotta, ceramic, bronze to marble, brought to life what she called `Earth formations'. Her inspiration? Termites, the tiny insects which can reduce a solid structure to a mere hollow. "I tried to translate it into the rock giving it a permanent expression.'' "I revel in the element of mystery and hate overstatement in sculpture,'' she says. Her work stands out as she translated her experience in other media to the rock.

There are many more. T. Vijayavelu's `owl', Ravi K Mishra's `Shiva', Venkateswarulu's `Meditator', Velayudhan's `Proud Lady' et al. Impressed with the Shilparamam ambience and Hyderabad itself, the sculptors say they would have loved to interact with more members of public as the camp concludes on Thursday.

The sculptures translate the quest for the philosophical, mystical and spiritual. A unique experience indeed!

By Melly Maitreyi M.L.

Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

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