ANDHRA PRADESH

Art gallery coming up at Madhapur

HYDERABAD Nov. 24. A State art gallery to house the works of masters and local artists is being built at Kavuri Hills in Madhapur. The first phase of the gallery is coming up at a cost of Rs. 3.5 crores and it will be ready within a year.

This was stated by the Tourism Secretary, Chandana Khan, after inaugurating the 10-day national camp of sculptors at Shilparamam here on Sunday. Around 15 sculptors from different parts of the country, including Yadagiri Rao from the State, are participating in the camp being held in association with Lalita Kala Akademi.

Ms. Chandana Khan said the gallery would have exhibition halls, permanent display rooms, cafeteria and guestrooms. The Government would form a committee after the completion of the gallery to source for works from artists. Sculptor works need more encouragement and camps like these would bring greater awareness in people, she said.

The effort was to link art with the visitors coming to the city, she said and added that the national camp would be made an annual event and more sculptors would be invited from next year.

The secretary of the akademi, Sudhakar Sharma, said half of the works done during the camp would be given to Shilparamam. A national exhibition of artists would be organised in January.

During an interaction, the sculptor, Yadagiri Rao, lamented that the Government was not procuring art works for the last two decades. The special officer of Shilparamam, G. Kishan Rao, spoke.