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Rustic expressions

A MIXTURE of feelings. Shy and curious about the lens man who is clicking, and wondering why on earth would someone want to capture her visage, not knowing what to do next.

These are the emotions on the face of a woman, a tribal from a remote village in Araku Valley, captured on an exhibit aptly titled `Mixed Feelings'. They are not visible to all but the keenest of eyes. This is just one among 27 paintings by Ramya, a Hyderabadi engineer, whose passion made her take to art.

Rustic expressions

She has put up the best of her efforts in the first exhibition amidst silence on the walls of an apartment in Srinagar Colony, where Magunta Dayakar is running the Creative Painting School. As this is her first exhibition, her eyes naturally light up when someone compliments an exhibit.

Art is generally considered a reflection and expression of ones innermost feeling. And Ramya is fascinated by rural life, especially the life that tribals lead. Though she was bred in a city and had her education in Hyderabad, she was born in Challapalli near Machilipatnam and this accounts for her fascination for rural life.

Rustic expressions

And so you have `Mixed Feelings'. Another painting, of a cockfight in a village is a vivid expression of the violence in the fight between two birds. The painting, which shows a typical village fair, is interesting. People have just given their cloth and measurements to a tailor, who comes with a sewing machine, parks it beneath a tree and goes about his work. There is an array of emotions that the trained eye can make out.

Rustic expressions

Although Ramya has a B. Tech from G. Narayanamma Institute of Science and Technology, she wants to make a career in art. Her husband is a software techie based in L.A. in the United States. She wants to join her husband and pursue art as a career in the US. All the best Ramya.

By Suresh Krishnamoorthy

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