Balaiah is an example of what a good student can do if you don't ask for his thumb in time. Here's a man who sent his guru right to the border of the fabric. His talent was spotted by K Rajaiah, a famous artist from Siddipet, who took him on as a disciple. Years later, the Arts Society selected Balaiah's paintings over those of his guru for an exhibition!
Yasara Balaiah, better known as 'Batik Balaiah', is one of the Andhra Pradesh's premier batik exponents. Batik is a method of printing designs on textiles by waxing parts not to be dyed.
Born in 1940, his first foray into art was drawing with a stick on a soot-blackened wall. Today Balaiah has won over 20 awards for his works, and has held exhibitions all over India and in the US as well. His wife and children also make batik currently. Balaiah's latest collection is a series of paintings set in a rural backdrop. Brightly attired, dark-complexioned Telangana women are the focus of this collection.
In his 8-day exhibition at the Lakshana Art Gallery, he is going to display his various varieties of paintings. Please contact Kavitha at 329-8364/321-0294 for further details.