Telangana milieu on canvas
Pramod Ram Reddy’s exhibition at Minaaz Art Gallery depicts deities, life and people of Nizamabad
THE WIDE canvas of Indian deities has been an integral part of our system. On one hand, their peculiar imagery, clothing and unrelated colouring notwithstanding, people unquestioningly accept and revere them, thus making them a part of their lives, more so in the villages and rural areas.
On the other, these deities, as wonderful works of art – extremely imaginative and aesthetic, have inspired creative people in various areas to experiment with them – weave stories, make paintings, designs sets, perform dramas and make textiles.
Artist G.Pramod Ram Reddy presents his paintings portraying the ruling deities of Nizamabad along with a few others, apart from depicting the life and people there. In retrospect, Pramod experimented with bolder themes and an alloyed attitude concerning colour, design, composition and line.
The alluring result that got him noticed was probably his effort to be `real’ and his talent, despite the inevitable influence of Klimt.
In the present exhibition, the earlier spirit of adventure and influx of experimentation is replaced by a more reticent and mellowed attitude where the artist effortlessly exercised his skills in colour, line and composition.
The deities such as Veera Lakshmi Gaja Lakshmi, Aishwarya Lakshmi, Venkateshwara Swamy and Dhairya Lakshmi Goda Devi are translated on to the paper in all their finery – dark brown faces, blooming garlands in oranges, reds and yellows, resplendent clothes, all highlighted by dexterous silver lines running across the pictures, while goddesses Sri Gouri and Basara Saraswathi emerge in a minimal palette of whites and luminous lemon yellows. Working to the intricate detail with `clear’ flowing lines on the ultramarine blue background, the paintings accentuate Pramod’s steadied approach.
The other section of the exhibition, depicting people from Nizamabad also falls in the same line, minus the finery of the goddesses. Man with hen in few relative colours of whites and greys, and a brown hen is a mark of simplicity and beauty.
Pramod does bring the Telangana milieu alive, yet one craves to see more of the talented artist endowed with a spirit of adventure and a good facility to experiment, rather than the heavily loaded influences of the senior and better-known artist Vaikuntam. About the artist, 31-year-old Pramod had several group shows in Hyderabad, Warangal and Baroda, a solo show at Kala Bhavan in Hyderabad and has participated in several art camps. He has executed one mural each, at JNTU College of Fine Arts from where he graduated and at the Faculty of Fine arts, M.S.University, Baroda from where he completed his Masters in Painting. His paintings are exhibited in various private and public collections in USA and India. Presently he works as an art instructor at RBVRR educational Society at Nizamabad that also support Pramod’s artistic activities.
Source: Metro Plus Hyderabad, The Hindu, 28 October 2002 http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2002/10/28/stories/2002102801450200.htm