Remembering a Pioneer

Paying homage to artist Dr Kondapalli Seshagiri Rao, an exhibition of his artworks has been unveiled at the State Art gallery

Published: 29th January 2014 08:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th January 2014 12:13 PM   |  A+A-

Hyderabad has been an abode for quite a few established artists. And amongst the artists who made the cut was late Dr Kondapalli Seshagiri Rao. A humble man with a humble beginning from a small town, he went on to collect many State awards, marking his niche on the wall.

A pioneer of aqua texture and many more techniques like wash and gouche, Dr Kondapalli Seshagiri Rao devoted his life to art, and painting in particular. It would be no exaggeration for one to say that none of his days passed with his paint brush making colourful strokes on his canvas.

Thus, in a tribute to his life’s work, a painting exhibition has been organised at the Chitramayee State Art Gallery in collaboration with the artist’s family.

Seshagiri’s artistic journey started during his school days when his first guru, Deendayal Naidu, took an interest in him and encouraged him. After his schooling, he went to study at Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan, under the patronage of Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung. It is here he gained immense knowledge on painting techniques that elevated him to a new level.

His works largely revolved around nature, animals, birds and rocks. The best element of his paintings was the exact anatomy he replicated, be it human or animal. The exhibition also shows his picture-perfect combination of hues which depict his vibrant understanding of colour schemes; this has rendered a magical beauty to his paintings that mesmerise the patron. Other than this, his paintings also speak for themselves through expressions, features, textures and even brush strokes.

Besides nature, his works were also based on subjects like the Ramayana, personalities like Shakuntala and Shivaji Maharaj, and even great poets like Nanayya and Tikkayya other than folklore.

For instance, the collection on display shows a painting of Rama with his wife Sita and their disciple Garudu. Beautifully rendered, one can almost feel the devotion of the winged demi-god at the feet of Lord Rama and Sita.

The feminine features of Sita are so beautifully mended that it gives an impression of a beloved and dutiful wife sitting along with her husband.

However, it isn’t just the emotions of the animate subjects, Seshagiri’s artistry is evident where even the sea looks choppy and rough in the background.

Leaving behind a legacy of sketches, paintings and murals for his students, family members and the art world, the exhibition is just a reminder of some of his best works.

The painting will remain on display till February 2 at the galley located at Kavuri Hills, Madhapur, from 11 am to 8 pm.


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