A group show reflecting hues of Hyderabad

A collection of works from artists closely related to culture and tradition of Hyderabad is currently on view. The artists who form part of the show share a common bond- their affinity for the city.

The artists include B. Srinivasa Reddy, Shrikant Kolhe, Krishna Reddy, Kappari Kishan, Mahesh Pottabathani, Jaya Baheti, Sayam Bharat and Vedanti Kolhe. Mumbai based Studio Napean is hosting the show.

The senior most artist on view is Krishna Reddy whose prints, often done in semi-abstract or abstract, revolve around subjects from nature, besides human figures. A worshipper of nature, he has an ability to invest each engraved plate with an elemental experience that subtly merges with the spiritual. Yet, what Reddy does is to strip his sketches of all-extraneous detailing. He has constantly followed his guru Nandalal Bose's advise to look beyond mere imitation of nature. There is very little comment on the human condition or the modern world in his works.

There is a definite thematic and stylistic links between his prints and sculptures. An outstanding innovator and experimenter, the artist sees the plate as a sculpted surface and intaglio printing as a three-dimensional process. By varying ink viscosity and roller density, he has achieved colors of extraordinary complexity on the plate. Reddy's discovery of the principle of color viscosity has greatly simplified technical processes while at the same time increasing the expressiveness and intensity of the image.

Srinivasa Reddy is one of the promising talents emerging from Hyderabad. He received his Diploma in Sculpture in 1986, from JNTU, Hyderabad, and was awarded a gold medal. He was subsequently offered a scholarship by the Telugu University to continue his studies in the Arts at the M.S. University of Baroda. This sculptor has a sensitive eye for human emotions.

His series of bronze busts has captured the faces of rural folk, depicting their transition from rural to urban environments and the changes in their social norms and values that came along with their migration. Some of his other works take on a more spiritual path, for example, his large egg-shaped heads cast in bronze and fiberglass revolve around the concept of meditation. The artist states, “For me, everything emerges from a point, and the energy emanates from here in spiral form.”

Sayam Bharat, a winner of the State Culture Council of Andhra Pradesh award and certificate of merit given by the AIFACS, has participated in several art camps in Hyderabad. He has developed a special style to communicate the ageless basic animalistic emotions inherent in human beings, quite subtly. The emotions common among animals and man, like anger and passion are depicted in the form of a bull or a cow, using just one or two colors-black and burnt red and simple lines that have the strength of cave paintings.

Another artist on view, Jaya Baheti has developed a style, a combination of abstract and figurative, which is so unique to her. The drooping wide eyes of both animals and humans, gaping directly at the beholder, convey their apathy of Karma or complete dependency on Nature and her vagaries. These emotions so vividly painted in the gloomy grays and black, sometimes come alive with brighter hues of yellow, reds and greens with the kites of providence flying high towards the unlimited sky, far beyond the cluster of concrete walls.

Though Vedanti Kolhe is trained as a fashion designer, her interest in painting saw herself participating in some of the significant art exhibitions in the recent years. The serenity of water and the lotus make the core subject of her artworks suggesting her affinity to Nature and the spiritual significance associated with them.

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