Panoramic view of global art
Despite being mired in constant controversies, the event witnessed overwhelming response and enthusiasm.
R. Giridhar Goud.
THE TRIENNALE is an international art exhibition organized by the Lalit Kala Academy every three years in New Delhi. It is an eagerly awaited event in spite of the criticisms and controversies. The selection of participants and the award winners have always evoked discontent. Yet, it is always looked forward to by art lovers as it showcases not only the current art trends but also the social, political and cultural conditions of nations intertwined with the artists psyche . This year 167 artists from 34 countries participated. Eminent artists of the country-- Amitabh Banerjee, Vinod Shah, Prem Singh, Hanuman Kambli and Surya Prakash chosen as the five commissioners, selected 48 artists to the Indian section this year. T.Vaikuntam, Chippa Sudhakar, A. Rajeswara Rao, R.Giridhar Goud, B.Srinivas Reddy and Sisir Sahana were the privileged ones to be invited from Andhra Pradesh.
Veteran artist, Vaikuntam, after decades of struggle and poverty has now reached the pinnacle of his career in terms of commercial .success. . His three works at the Triennale in the usual resplendent palette of yellows, whites, oranges, purples, reds, browns and gold represent rural folk of Telengana with the omnipresent "Indianess" . It was a very appropriate choice for an international event.
Rajeswar Rao's works on acrylic sheets focus on the lives of innocent rural folk.. The awesome image of the local goddesses in social and religious affairs, the rustic aesthetics, the vibrancy of the ambience sets forth an introspection regarding Indian socio-cultural concerns. Smaller frames placed on the sides of the main paintings lend a festive quality to the works. "I am happy with the opportunity to exhibit at the Triennale. But I would not be bitter even if I had not been part of it. My duty is first towards my work," says Rao.
In defence of traditions
C. Sudhakar who has forsaken print making for painting, employed various techniques like linocut, painting, engraving on new wood to draw an allegorical interpretation of the importance of progress even while keeping traditions intact. A person appreciating modernity, Sudhakar represents Indian traditions that are inseparable in our social milieu. "It is a great opportunity to exhibit at the Triennale. But I really felt sad when I was not even invited for the inaugural show at our own State Art Gallery," says Sudhakar.
A comparatively conventional sculptor in today's genre, Srinivas Reddy, sticks to the ever-fascinating medium of , bronze, dwelling on the concept of growth through his life size sculptures. The idea an internal growth is depicted through a massive lotus emerging out of a human head; while a personal growth signifies a stationary figure, confident and growing out of the debris of the symbolic past. He conceptualizes the life of Buddha in his works on fibre.
B. Srinivas Reddy.
"I feel great to have my work viewed by a larger audience. It is indeed a great opportunity. In fact I always wanted to figure in the Triennale, but it is not everything. I will continue with my work even otherwise," says Sisir Sahana, who has specially created his sculpture cast in glass for the show.
The large piece of work depicts the existing consumerism in today's society, the dominance of the western culture, thereby, relegating the Indian traditions, costumes and art to its gradual extinction. Sisir adds a few more accessories like a bullock cart, doll, a robot and a mirror to symbolize his thoughts on the .present day materialistic culture.
For Giridhar Goud who works in Garuvupalem, a small village in Guntur it is a dream come true.
"I wondered if my work would ever reach here. It is a lifetime ambition and I am indeed privileged to exhibit at the Triennale. But I am deeply unhappy as I was neither informed nor invited to the exhibition held in my own State," he says. Giridhar's large works titled "Mankind"' and "Mechanikind" are a personal questioner concerning the human values. They are inspired from daily proverbs and the narration has strong traces of his study at the M. S. University.
The works of these artists along with a part of the Indian Section from Triennale are on view at the State Art Gallery, Madhapur till March 31, from 11 a.m to 7 p.m.
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