He did his first painting in 1944 - yes, at a time when you still didn't think you'd be born. His lifetime's work is on display this week.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) art gallery at the Ravindra Bharathi compound is organising an exhibition of paintings by Dr Kapu Rajaiah, a senior artist from Siddipet. A retrospective collection of 81 paintings, painted by him from 1944 till 2006, is on display. The paintings are colorful and expressive, based on spiritual and rural life, mostly village women.
Dr Rajaiah was born in 1925, and earned a Diploma in Drawing from the erstwhile Government of Madras and a Diploma in Painting from the Government of Hyderabad. He has represented Indian art through the Lalitha Kala Academy, at Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in 1956. He also represented the country at Sofia and Perth, in connection with post-Independent-India 25 years, under the aegis of the Lalitha Kala Academy, New Delhi, in 1972. In addition, he has toured Havana in 1985 and Mexico in 1984, London in 1988, and Seychelles in 1992.
His awards are numerous, including the National Academy award from the Govt of India, the Kala Praveena award from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University of Hyderabad, the Visishtha Puraskaram from the Telugu University, the Kala Vibhushan from the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society of New Delhi. He has various publications on his paintings to his credit. Dr Rajaiah is the Founder-President of the Lalitha Kala Samithi of Siddipet, and is also the Vice-President of the All-India Fine Arts And Crafts Society, New Delhi.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr J Geeta Reddy, State Minister from Tourism, Travel and Sugar, and Padmasri Jagdish Mittal, on 17th January. It is on till 22nd January from 10:00am to 7:00pm. For further details, please contact the ICCR Art Gallery at 2323-6398/2324-0035.