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'My inspiration came from my immediate surroundings'

Dated: 23-02-2007
Source: DNA
Writer/Contributed by: Nisha Kundnani


National Award-winning artist T Vaikuntam talks about his upcoming show on Telangana village

T Vaikuntam is a god-like figure in Andhra Pradesh. For he's changed the way his state and the nation perceive the people of the poor district of Telangana. Several years have passed, but Vaikuntam remains committed to his oeuvre. Many people ask him why he only paints the people of Telangana.
    "It's the most deep-rooted love I know of. Earlier; when I started my career as a painter, I was confused and did not have a sense of direction and purpose. In 1980 I started paintings figures of Telangana people and realised that being close to my roots was my purpose of paintings," explains Vaikuntam.
    Very few artists in Andhra have depicted the culture of the Telangana village like Vaikuntam. In his paintings, the figures are dark and have distorted faces. "That's the way the people look-they are innocent and hard-working. I use ornaments to beautify them in my work to convey what's most beautiful and work for the development of their district," he adds.
    Vaikuntam had an ordinary childhood as he came from a poor family. Born in Burugupalli, he went to a little school in his neighbourhood.. "My village has had many impacts on my life. My basic inspiration came from my immediate surroundings. When I was a child, I was quite fascinated by the street plays, which was the only form of entertainment we had. I used to paint the faces of other kids and was famous for doing make-up of the participants. The first drawing I drew was Hanuman and Bhima when I was three years old."
    The other interesting facet about his career is that when he went to University to study art, the master KG Subramanyan was his lecturer. "I was young and always used to be confused. Manida would help me and made me realise where I was heading to. He was strict, but was like a father to me. He what one aims to do in life. And because he instilled that in me at a young age, I followed my instincts and conscience," he ends.


  



  

 

 




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