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A room of one's own

Art is a serious pursuit in Hyderabad as the opening of another gallery reveals


THE IT boom has indeed changed the face of Hyderabad. Contrary to the personal dialogue with artists, the general scene about IT, art and economics seems much hyped, and its effect on the field of art where sale and purchase is concerned still needs to be observed and assimilated. Undoubtedly some good has happened with art promotional activities either in terms of aesthetics or commerce happening - interactive sessions with well-known artists at places like the ISB, inaugurals at five star hotels, art camps by banks, corporate and hotels, the mushrooming of galleries - and the difference can be felt. The latest on the scene is another gallery.

New enthusiasts

Artist turned art promoter and owner of Gallery Space, Hanumanth who opened a new gallery with the same name and a larger space at Banjara Hills recently, says that the response to his previous gallery has been tremendous and feels the IT boom in the city has created a large pool of young art enthusiasts. Therefore he feels the time is appropriate to expand his horizons and create a space for exhibiting the works of a wider array of Indian artists.

The inaugural show was a collection of 30 artists - young, old, well known and up and coming. A 1965 intaglio print of Somnath Hore renders the viewer immense joy, while Hyderabadis get an opportunity to view a few serigraphs of K.G. Subramanyam and Jogen Choudhry, water colours by Badri Narayan, Jatin Das and Ramanand Bandhopadhya, drawings of Shyamal Dutta Ray and the popular dry pastels by Suhas Roy. Anand Panchal, Sanatkar, S.K. Shahjahan, Shuva Prasanna, Suman Roy and S.G. Vasudev are the other outstation artists.

The show is spiced with local flavour provided by the works of senior artists Surya Prakash, who inaugurated the show, Laxma Goud - represented by a signed offset print of an original work and T. Vaikuntam.

The younger artists on show are - Hamid bin Amar, Sajid bin Amar, Bairu Raghuram, Anjini Reddy, Laxman Aelay, Mallelsham, Nandini Goud, Srinivasa Chary, Stanley Suresh, Stalin P.J. and V. Gouri.

"An ongoing objective of the gallery will be to keep stocks of a wide range of contemporary Indian artists and provide personal consultancy on the elective value and investment potentials of art to corporate and individuals looking to build collections" says Hanumanth Rao. It's really a steely resolve on Rao's part to be able to barter his working artist self for the much needed promotional and awareness activities.

The show is on view at Gallery Space at Plot No: 1177, Road No: 12, MLA colony, near Lotus Pond, Banjara Hills.

B. PADMA REDDY

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