Work is worship indeed, and Bala Bhaktha Raju takes the adage quite seriously, beginning from the rather evocative name he was christened with.
There are no two ways about it - Lord Ganesha is indeed one of the most versatile of our Gods, invoking as many as 108 names for Himself from His devotees. He continues to inspire the best in artistry, going by the fact that Bala Bhaktha Raju has captured the moods and vagaries of the elephant God in 63 different frames. Check them out at Chitramayee State Gallery Of Fine Arts, at the exhibition titled "Divine Dimensions - 2010". The exhibition is on from 10th September to 15th September, and is open for view from 11am to 7pm.
Bala Bhaktha Raju is a native of Hyderabad, and has completed his Bachelors in Fine Arts from Mysore University. His fixation with Lord Ganesha started in his childhood, when he would accompany his father to painting exhibitions, and would also take part in the annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in the city.
He has been honored by the State Gallery of Fine Arts in 2007, the Hyderabad Art Society in 2008 and the State Gallery of Fine Arts in 2009. He has used 3 different media for his paintings - water color, acrylic color and mixed medium. Apart from painting Lord Ganesha, he has started a series on canvas called "Meethi Baatein", which protrays men and women in different moods.
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