Hunger for Color- Live Art of Chiluveru Manohar మంగళవారం, ఆగ 5 2008 

Art mart warms up to consultants


Debasmita Ghosh | TNN 

Akhadi kurta, a long sling bag and a miserably pensive face peeping out of an overgrown beard – is this the stereotyped image that springs to your mind when you think of an artist? Well, that may have been true some five years back, when the word ‘struggle’ was an accepted part of life for those who dared tread this path. Fortunately the scene now is far brighter, thanks to the increasing popularity of the Indian art. As the world opens up lucrative avenues in the form of art auctions and investments apart from extravagant art fairs, things are hotting up at the art mart. Considering the amount of money that is flowing into this field today, it’s just a matter of strategising to grab a share of this large pie. 

Claiming a stake in this are not just artists but also art galleries, promoters and the latest addition in the area – art management and consulting firms. Even as Hyderabad, with its myriad galleries, artists, curators and promoters, is gradually growing into a hub of art, there seems to be a battle brewing among the stake-holders. The artists who once struggled to put on display their works are now reaping the rewards of the competition between the galleries and the promoters to ‘market’ their works. 




However this sector still remains highly unorganised in India. In the absence of any monitoring authority or art council. Art consulting and management firms capitalise on this gap and apply management principles to give this industry a professional makeover. Gallery owners on the other hand are tagging such practices as nothing but “a mode of fooling people and making a fast buck”. They say that art consultation by managers, instead of trained artists, will only lead to promotion of undeserving artwork. “Earlier artists were aware of struggle but the fresh breed wants quick success. Art consultants would only focus on business aspects and would not hesitate to promote even junk,” says the owner of a prominent art gallery. Others, however, are maintaining a neutral approach to the whole affair. Nemiraj Shetty, owner of Hasta Art Gallery, says that a decade ago not all art shows were handled by curators but now curators have become indispensable partners. “Similarly, now art management and consulting firms are trying to get a foothold by being intermediaries between artists and galleries and other operations that involve a lot of money. Artists have to understand that while curation is an aesthetically designed activity, consultation is just a business,” he adds. 

Medaram Jatara- Celebration of Adivasi Pride శనివారం, ఫిబ్ర 23 2008 

Medaram jatara, the largest tribal festival of the country, is celebrated in memory and respect of Sammakka and Saarakka

It is a festival of adivasis. Distinct of the tribal belief and rituals.
Sammakka and Saarakka are Koya woman warriors who fought against Pratapa Rudra armed forces and were killed by the army.
Today the festival is observed by tribals and non tribals from Telangana, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra among other parts of the country
Medaram forests of warangal district wear a spectacular festivity for three days with adivasi pujaris leading millions of devotees offering prayers
Its a celebration of the adviasi pride and a reminder of the undying spirit of simple folks holding only thing close to heart- freedom
Find a few reports on the timeless Medaram Jatara
bharath bhushan
India’s Largest Tribal Fair Draws Millions
Thursday 21st of February 2008
It is a sea of humanity at the four-day Sammakka Sarakka Jatra, India’s largest tribal fair here, with millions of people gathered from many parts of India to worship their tribal deities.

Attired in their best costumes and dancing to folk tunes and drum beats, the tribes people began gathering for the fair from Wednesday at Medaramm, a tiny village amid thick forests, about 110 km from Warangal city.

The tribals have arrived from different parts of Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states like Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa to worship two legendary tribal women – Sammakka and Sarakka.

The event, held once in two years, is also termed the tribal Kumbh Mela as the scenes here are similar to the religious mega-fairs held on the banks of the Ganges and the Narmada. The crowd during the four-day fair is expected to reach eight million.

According to officials, two million people are already at the fair, which began with the tribal priests bringing goddess Sarakka – also known as Saralamma – after prayers at Kanneboinapalli village, eight km from Medaram.

The devotees walk behind in the path trod by Sarakka in the belief it will bring happiness and prosperity to them.

Joint Collector K. Srinivasa Raju and other government officials accompanied the priests as per custom. It took nearly an hour for them to reach the main altar at Medaram village.

Late in the evening the deity was seated on ‘gadde’ (pedestal), as tens of thousands of devotees vied with each other to touch the pedestal, swaying deliriously to music.

Earlier, thousands took a holy dip in the Jampanna Vagu, a rivulet, before offering obeisance to the deity. Many women believe a bath in the rivulet will get them good husbands. (మరింత…)