ISBN 9798189497155,Rustic Ragas: Inner Melodies of Thota Vaikunta

Rustic Ragas: Inner Melodies of Thota Vaikunta


A Gothamite


Timeless Books



Timeless Books

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9798189497155

ISBN-10 8189497154

Hard Back

Number of Pages 147 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

This book presents fifteen new dramatic paintings by Hyderabad-based artist Vaikuntam. Vaikuntam's Telangana folk meld the memory of his eyes and his fingers. They embody a unique world, of daily rites of life couched within an imaginative terrain. The monumentality of Vaikuntam's figures in rich primary colours of the earth assume a mythical dimension, enhanced by the solidity of their execution in acrylic. They seem like demigods, not village folk - looming, tantalizing, almost unapproachable. Vaikuntam voices the collective yearning for a separate Telangana identity, beyond politics, beyond couched cultures. His rich palette and easily recognizable faces and figures have given his work acceptability; paintings that are strikingly modern without any allegiance to anything usually associated with modernity. In these huge canvases, Vaikuntam immortalizes his earthly icons for all time.