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Rustic Ragas: Inner Melodies of Thota Vaikuntam

Krishen Khanna (Author) Aditi De (Author) SH Raza (Author)
Synopsis This book presents fifteen new dramatic paintings by Hyderabad-based artist Vaikuntam. The artist grew up in a village called Boorugupalli in the Karimnagar district within the Telangana heartland of Andhra Pradesh. The people of his village have often been depicted in his work, especially his portrayals of women - they could be his mother, an entertainer, a neighbour, a labourer, a gaze encountered in the teeming bazaar, even a family friend from his childhood. Vaikuntam's Telangana folk meld the memory of his eyes and his fingers. They embody a unique world, of daily rites of life couched within an imaginative terrain. The monumentality of Vaikuntam's figures in rich primary colours of the earth assume a mythical dimension, enhanced by the solidity of their execution in acrylic. They seem like demigods, not village folk-looming, tantalizing, almost unapproachable. Vaikuntam voice the collective yearning for a separate Telangana identity, beyond politics, beyond couched cultures. His rich palette and easily recognizable faces and figures have given his work acceptability; paintings that are strikingly modern without any allegiance to anything usually associated with modernity. In these huge canvases, Vaikuntam immortalizes his earthy icons for all time.
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About the authors

Krishen Khanna

Krishen Khanna, b. 1925, is one of India's most reputed artists. He worked as a banker from 1948 to 1961 before deciding it was far better to follow his destiny as an artist than to stay in a secure job. A member of the Progressive Artists Group, Bombay, he has held more than forty one-man exhibitions in India and abroad, and participated in all the important Triennales and Biennales in the world - at Sao Paulo, Venice, New Delhi, Tokyo and elsewhere. His work is represented in several major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. A recipient of the Padma Shri, he divides his time between Delhi and Shimla.

Aditi De

Born in Calcutta in 1954, Aditi De is currently a Bangalore-based freelance writer and editor. Cultural journalism has been her forte since her stints at Indian Express, Chennai, and Deccan Herald, Bangalore. Her passions in life include travel, interacting with creative people engaged in the arts, crafts and textiles, and sharing special time with children.

SH Raza

SH Raza is an eminent Indian artist who has lived and worked in France since 1950.  He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1981, and is a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.  He is also the recipient of the Kalidas Samman from the Madhya Pradesh State Government in 1996.

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Bibliographic information

Title Rustic Ragas: Inner Melodies of Thota Vaikuntam
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Timeless Books
Language: English
isbn 9788189497155
length 147p., Figures; 39cm.