Telangana Wall of Fame

As part of St+art Hyderabad 2016, 13 artists native to the city were invited for a project on Hyderabad’s iconic Necklace road. The project was in continuation of our efforts to encourage local and traditional artists (and art forms) to reinvent themselves in public spaces while making them more interactive.

Complete with numerous restaurants and points for recreation, Necklace Road also offers good views of the city. Connected to several parks, the road is frequented by early morning joggers and is bustling in the evenings. The Necklace Road boulevard also houses People’s Plaza - one of Hyderabad’s more famous recreational centers and one that is busy throughout the year.

Being hosted for the first time in Hyderabad, the boulevard served as the ideal setting to get the ball rolling for the 6th edition of the St+art festival.

Anila Kumar's two faces can revolt you at first sight. They seem to be spewing a multitude of elements at one another. But on a closer look, you realize that it's a colossal exchange of thoughts, ideas, memories and even vices. Anila's graphic representation of a connection between two people uses a colour palette that represents the chaos between its characters. Working on a studio collection at the time of the festival, Anila could be found painting at odd hours to make up for the lost daylight hours.

Anjaneyalu is a homegrown artist from Andhra Pradesh. His work though has a very other-worldly touch to it. In this universe, eyeballs are attracted to flowers. Talking about his piece, Anjaneyalu said that, "The attraction between the flower and the eyeballs is propelled by the brain. What I've depicted is entirely subjective. Someone may feel it is real, some one may think it's entirely imagination. But what is surely is, is a surrealist piece."

Alongside Art@Telangana and Krishnakriti Gallery, we had done an open call-out for Telangana-based artists, out of which 13 were then invited to take over spots on the “Kotta Wall”/ Telangana wall of fame.

Artist Nirmala Biluka painted a portrait of Chakali Ailamma, the peasant leader of the Telangana Rebellion. Not to be mistaken as a tribute to the famous hard-rock band, the mural reflected what Biluka admired in her favourite women role-models - their ability to mix strength and beauty seamlessly.

Sunil Lohar Telanganas Walloffame Start Hyd 2016

Sunil Lohar's artwork on Necklace Road featured a man carrying something heavy. A quick walk around the Maqtha area will give you a glimpse into the lives of its blue-collar workers. Lohar’s piece used elements of realism and metaphor to convey its message.

Varun Telanganas Walloffame Start Hyd 2016

One of the youngest in the troop, artist Varun Vedavdas chose to depict vintage illustrations drawn from a collection of old family photographs. With this piece he wanted to evoke a feeling of nostalgia - one that would come about from reflecting on the contrast between the portraits of now and the bygone era. To complete this piece Varun projected the images onto the wall to create a basic outline of his portraits. This was done by positioning the projector on the road divider, and working at the wee hours of the night. All possible thanks to our amazing team of volunteers and on-ground crew!

"A bridge connects the people of this city with its flora and fauna. Unfortunately, the latter has gone from abundance to gradual extinction, depriving us of our nature. The co-existence though must be maintained. Through my artwork, I wanted to depict a common road and a riverside to talk about unity. The location meant that I could talk about the Hussain Sagar lake and the community path, which is used by plenty of civilians." - Priyanka Aelay

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"My painting talks about the concept of time and what it has done to Hyderabad. The Hussain Sagar Lake, which overlooks Necklace Road looks clear on its surface but it is extremely contaminated beneath it. By portraying upcoming constructions (like the metro) in the city, I want to bring to the fore the concerns that we need to be aware of as civilians." - Sai Shashank Darna

By the end of the project, the Maqtha boundary wall facing Necklace Road had sort of re-emerged with a series of diverse murals. Ranging from art professors and experienced professionals to amateurs who had never worked on walls before, the range of chosen artists was as diverse as their murals.

Through his piece, artist Saiyam Bharath tried to chronicle a period of transition in Hyderabad. Amid the time of fast tech, development and radical changes in landscape, issues felt by rustic professions like farming were not being discussed as they ought to have been. Saiyam's art wished to raise awareness for the cause.

Turquoise Tales's piece talked about the conflict characterising present-day Hyderabad - rapid development threatening the balance of the city's ecosystem. However, still brimming with optimism she liked to believe that the city's flora and fauna was still hale and hearty.

"Where are all the dragon flies going?" Harith Puram's painting on Necklace Road is a commentary on the changing landscape of Hyderabad and its effect on the fauna of the region.

"Every woman is a 'Superwoman' in her own right. What we wanted to do here is showcase something that can be easily understood by a passer-by. Nothing too detailed, something simple yet hard-hitting. People take women and their contributions very lightly, we need to start thanking and respecting women in our lives. So we went ahead with this idea."- Hoozinc

Ravikanth Telanganas Walloffame Start Hyd 2016

Each element of Masuram’s work seeks to evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Using his signature elements of the rocking-horse toy and stencil-inspired portraits of children he alludes to the irony in things that seem harmless but are otherwise. This was especially relevant since the mural was painted opposite ‘People’s Plaza’ - a favourite recreational haunt for families and children in Hyderabad.

Kappari chose to depict visuals that narrate hyderabadi culture, observed by him over the years. Special attention was given to the spirit of celebration during festivals such as Bonalu and Batukamma. This was a noteworthy mural since it was painted on the local police station, whose staff themselves invited us to paint on their walls!

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