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Serious brush with art

Two artists Anugita Rao and Sangeeta Reddy exhibited in the city for the first time.



VIBRANT PALETTE: Anugita Rao's flowing compositions.

ART ACTIVITY in Hyderabad is at its peek. The number of galleries is one indication of such happenings. Although a couple of galleries have folded business, the scene is definitely very encouraging. For, not only is a new market evolving but also a number of artists are interested in showing their works in the city, although sales are still a distant reality. Among the new artists many amateurs are taking the cue from professional artists.

Agreed that this genre is still quite vague, but the enthusiasm of many is building up and this is evident as we witness a whole lot of amateur artists holding the brush these days. And who knows with time, art may acquire a degree of seriousness we always yearn for. Recently two openings of Anugita Rao at the Cinema Ghar, Banjara Hills and Sangeeta Reddy at the Lakshana Art Gallery, Shantinagar, are examples of this new trend in art.

For Anugita Rao, art has always been a passion. While at school she would not miss any art examinations conducted every year by the Royal Drawing Society, London. And indeed was awarded honours at five different competitions. Although this great urge to paint was always close to her heart she started painting only since a year. Having mounted a series of abstract paintings the artist deeply intends to arrive at a form which must have emerged during her process of painting. The bright and bold palette of Anugita Rao expresses her love for flowing forms which ultimately compose themselves into interesting compositions. For instance, Ganesha, Patang, Ocean, Coral, Bird of Paradise and other such paintings remind us of a registered image she created during her process. Intuitively a strong designer, her experience as a dress and interior designer becomes her tool to paint. For working upon a very strong texture her sensibility for design emerges very strongly in her work.

Sangeeta Reddy, who exhibited for three days is a dropout of the JNTU, Masab Tank. Later she secured her Associate Degree in Fine Arts from RMCAD, Denver.

Having exhibited widely in the country and abroad she, this time, selected to display her works in her own region.



EXPRESSIONS OF BEAUTY: Sangeeta Reddy involves mediums and concepts.

Although not an amateur, her first exhibition is merely an acquaintance as it was her first one in the city.

Sangeeta Reddy is exploring the possibilities of various juxtapositions. In her statement she maintains: "My interest is in the formal element of painting.

The thrust or incisiveness of line, the thickness of texture, the resonance of colour, the acrobatic precision of balance, ambiguities of negative space and the juiciness of sparseness of paint.

It is in the layered relationships between elements such as these, do I look each time, for the elusive expression of beauty."

In the pursuit of beauty, she experiments and involves various contents in her work.

At times it is the Devanagari script and sometimes the definiteness of the geometrical figure - the square. Involving mediums and concepts into her works, she is constantly re-examining her ideas to assimilate that effervescent sense of beauty. Anugita Rao's exhibition is extended until April 10 at the Cinema Ghar, Banjara Hills.

ATIYA AMJAD

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