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B. PADMA REDDY B. PADMA REDDY

The third annual artists camp organised by SBI was a varied fare


IT IS happening — with individuals, corporates, banks, etc: the temptation to acquire contemporary art — add to the collection, build it up and then either treasure it discreetly or showcase it. The State Bank of India is a young player in this regard — consistently trying to work in a multi fold way, as it organised its third annual artists camp at the centrally located main office premises in the city. The crowds that thronged to see the artists at work were an indication of the bridging gap between artists and the people.


Rini Dhumal who was invited from Baroda picturised a bold female form, luminous with spats of gold and marking with wooden blocks found in the city. Local artists, Sajid Bin Amar's high-keyed pleasant hues, merging with repeated stampings of calligraphic idioms and his strong point - drawing combined with strong red and black segments, showed maturity. Laxman Aelay succumbed to his robust and colourful Telangana women. D. Ananthiah, a diligent printmaker progressed in a similar manner with his acrylic on canvas. Mallesham's human beings appeared to have emerged out of his vase, ambiguous masses of dull pigments, where as Anjini Reddy's blue hued canvas was structured with women and overlapping lines forming several images.

Avijit Dutta attracted the crowed with a semi realistic old man and butterflies as Sachin Jaltare with his simple aesthetics for the common man. A young group of artists, fresh from university held ground with their youthful fervour. Mangurish, the young Goan in Hyderabad, emerged a winner with his vertical acrylic on canvas. The excellent painterly quality and confident management of the space, a strong imagery and aggressive methodology marked his work. The other young participants were S. Bharat, Jagdish Kumar, Adisheshaiah, Madhav Rao and self-taught painter Asha Radhika, an employee of the bank .

The camp worked as a platform where myths were broken, rapports were built up and new interests were awakened.

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