100 years of Hyderabadi art, with the who's who all here. Need we say more?
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is organising an exhibition of paintings, drawings, graphics, etchings and other forms of art, from 5th to 12th of November, at the ICCR Art Gallery. On the occasion of the completion of 100 years of Hyderabad's art scene (1900 to 2000), ICCR is displaying a collection of 80 paintings of 36 artists, with the theme Hyderabad's Art Kaleidoscope, Art Scene 1900-2000.
Works of renowned painters like Aasha Radhika, Ambadas Mahurkar, D Ananthaiah, Anjani Reddy D L N Reddy, Fawad Tamakanat, P Gouri Shankar, Gouri Vemula, Hamid-Bin-Amar, Jagdish Chintala, Kavita Deuskar, Kusum Viswanath, Late S Lakshmana Murthy, K Laxma Goud, Laxman Aelay, Laxmi Reddy, Nandini Goud, K Narendranath, Late P T Reddy, B Padma Reddy, P Parameshwar Raju, Raghuram Bairu, K Rajaiah, A Rajeshwar Rao, Ramana Reddy, B Rohini Reddy, Sajid-Bin-Amar, K Seshagiri Rao, Sisir Sahana, Sreekanth Kurva, B Srinivas Reddy, K Srinivasa Chari, Chippa Sudhakar, Surya Prakash, T Vaikuntam and Late Vidhya Bhushan have been displayed.
In the pre-1950s, there were no art institutions or galleries, and artists like Sayeed Bin Muhammad, Madhusudan Rao, K Seshagiri Rao, K Rajaiah, Sadat Ali Khan, Sarwar Danda and P T Reddy exhibited their works in make-shift rooms as venues. Art was not commercially viable then, and the artists were remunerated insubstantially, with the maximum amount paid being Rs. 50.
Post the 1950s, Jagdish Mittal, along with his wife Kamla, both alumni of Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan, worked for the development of art in Hyderabad, after shifting to the city in 1951. Visiting artists from Bombay held solo and group exhibitions, and patronised the art.
Today, the art scene has developed variedly, with the younger generation taking up art both part-time and full-time. Art galleries have mushroomed all over the city, encouraging the artists to display their lot and also helping them get their due. Institutions like the JNTU School of Fine Arts, HCU's Sarojini Naidu School and Potti Sriramulu Telugu University have also played a significant role in encouraging students to take up this art.
Please contact the gallery at 2323-6398/2324-0035 for further details.