Hawa Mahal artwork draws modest crowds

VISAKHAPATNAM: For a change, the Visakha DIG LKV Range Ranga Rao and Vizianagaram Police Superintendent Deepika Patil showcased their artistic talents before the public by exhibiting their works at the ongoing painting exhibition at Hawa Mahal on the beach road in Visakhapatnam.

The second day of the exhibition drew a modest crowd of art lovers, who were also drawn to the works of DIG Ranga Rao and SP Deepika, with the exception of paintings by up-and-coming and young artists, who have recently passed out from Andhra University.

Talking about her untitled work depicting two women and a peacock, Deepika Patil said inspired by Krishna and Radha mythology, she made this painting in 2016 while undergoing training in Prakasam district. “I have had this hobby since childhood. Even now, I draw and paint whenever I find little time,” Deepika told this correspondent on Tuesday.

DIG Ranga Rao, who encouraged Deepika to exhibit her painting, has exhibited two of her works himself. One is Lotus Flowers in Still Water and the other is Stripes in black and white. “While the lotus represents natural beauty in serene waters, the other is all about life. The white stripes represent the golden moments of life and the black ones the darker side,” he said. Explain.

Ranga Rao himself opened the four-day painting exhibition on Monday. He said he was very impressed with the works of young boys and girls.

A huge pencil work “Pensioner” is one of the main attractions of the exhibition. It was directed by Nitisha Gudiwaka, a BFA graduate of Andhra University. Nitisha said her work shines a light on the plight of former workers rejected by society.

Another graduate, MB Samyukta, said her acrylic work “Revival” is about heritage structures in Vizag City, which are in a state of neglect. The image – Dried tree with leaves – symbolizes heritage buildings while the leaves indicate their hope for rebirth.

Exhibition curator Kattakuri Ravi said the Visakhapatnam art scene was still in its infancy. The exhibition was organized to familiarize the people of Vizag with the art and the sensibilities behind it. He pointed out that this edition of the exhibition has 90 works of paintings, sculptures, graphics and photographs by art students and upcoming artists.

Christopher S. Washington