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Confluence of artists

The confluence of artists at Daira Centre for Arts and culture reflects the desire in them to keep the art alive.


`Lousy Pastime' by Bairu Raghuram.

IT IS evident that the art scene in the city is vibrant and is inspiring the regulars to work harder, the irregulars to become regular and the interested to practice art, if not as a profession -- maybe as a serious occupation. As such there is a conflux of activity and many relations being formed -- within the artists community, the artists and galleries and several others.

One such relation that formed is between city artists D. Ananthiah, Bairu Raghuram, G. Ranga Reddy, M. Balraj and Pandurang Rao Salone, who recently had a show of their works at Daira Centre for Arts and Culture.

Ever wondered why is it that anything concerned with children is so beautiful? Their actions their `language' or their imagery? In simple terms the pointer is towards their innocence and the genuine portrayal of their limited resources in the most sincere manner and to the fullest. This is also the beauty of the naive painters. Like Ranga Reddy and Balraj - who picked up the artistic nuances while employed at the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademy, which was a platform for art and artists about 15 years ago. Over the years both steadily established themselves as practicing artists, each developing a distinctive vocabulary.

At the recent exhibition Balraj showed prints titled `Heads' taken from plywood in the intaglio process in single and multi colours. The plywood has always been Balraj's arena -- explored with the creative jest of a child. Scribbling, scratching and drawing, Balraj even as a young adolescent made alluring prints of minimum lines evading any complexity. Today his prints show the same nativity with a maturity of vision in terms of placement, colour, treatment and the making of the print which earned him recognition at international events.

His colleague G. Ranga Reddy springs a pleasant surprise with the latest of his drawing in his continuing series of magicians. Ranga Reddy transports us into another land -- a wonderland of innocuous beings - pot-bellied, spiked with human heads protruding out of them and flying in the sky, of ten-headed persons selling human heads and hands, riding on reptiles sporting human heads. The colour scheme of blacks, sepias and browns against a virgin white background, the play of figures, the unconventional aesthetic exploits show Ranga Reddy as an indulgent exponent of his peculiar imagery, at times reminiscent of the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.

In contrast to the two self taught artists are Ananthiah, Bairu Raghu Ram and Pandurang Rao Salone -- academically qualified from the Ideal Fine Arts Institute, Gulburga and in pursuance of the human figure.


D. Ananthaiah's `Dialogue'.

Ananthiah well-known for his fine etching prints of foliage, birds and single figures, for this show had paintings in oil and water. With his trademark figures of simple looking people, lush landscapes complete with rocks and trees. Ananthiah, as systematically as in his prints, shows the companionship between animals and people retaining the free spirit of his workmanship and the theme.

Bairu too shows small printings. The highly stylised women of his prints are replaced with more academic figures of people, buffaloes goats and birds, rendered in bright colours and bold application of the brush suitable to the oil medium. The works of both the artists are a dexterous translation of their dexterous etchings.

The new entrant on the art scene after a good gap is Pandurang Rao who exhibited paintings - of people, particularly woman with large planes, silhouetted against dark foliage and concrete ruins rendering a mystic feeling. His brush accenting the mysterious ambience.

Ranga Reddy and Balraj work at the Telugu University, Pandurang Rao Salone is an art master at the Model High School in Osmania University, Bairu works for the State Government and Ananthiah is a Headmaster for a State Government School. Full-time jobs notwithstanding the five converge at the Telugu University's Graphic studio everyday to discover themselves and satisfy their pulsating needs of visual and emotional fulfilment. It is with this steadiness that they made an imprint on the National art scene and are recognised with regard.

B. PADMA REDDY

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