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Rustic touches

Yasala Balaiah's works are of people delineated in a stylised manner


A SENSE of cheer pervades the atmosphere, as one enters the Lakshana Art Gallery. Though it is partly due to the gallery lighting, it is largely because of the vibrant hues of the acrylic paintings of Yasala Balaiah on show.

All the paintings are more or less of the same size, except one which is slightly larger. It portrays a procession, either on paper or canvas. The bright colours provide an effective contrast to the pastel background. There is a strong rural flavour as far as the themes go. Men and women of the Telengana district of Andhra Pradesh have been delineated in a stylised manner. Their dark brown skin tone is contrasted with bright yellow, red, orange and green.

Fine lines

Outlining the forms with fine lines, the spaces are filled with lively colours. Most of Balaiah's works feature women either engaged in various chores or relaxing with parrots or dressing up. The bright spot of kumkum in the middle of a patch of turmeric/sandal paste on the woman's forehead attracts the eye. It matches well with the bright canary yellow, leaf green and burning orange of the women's clothes. The traditional jewellery worn by them enhances the overall effect.

The men are also shown sporting bright-coloured turbans, with a short curved pipe in the mouth and holding a stick. They are mostly seen with their spouses in many paintings, presenting a happy picture.

An up and coming artist from Andhra Pradesh, Balaiah's works remind one of Thotta Vaikuntam's paintings if only because the subject happens to be similar. The show is on till December 4.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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