Hyderabad’s art scene got another creative boost with the unveiling of the first edition of Confetti 2018, which celebrates art and artistry. The show is a tribute to city-based artistes — from mixed medium backgrounds to upcoming artists and masters.
The group art exhibition, which was unveiled on Sunday, goes on till April 1 at the newly launched Gallery 78 in Kothaguda. Showcasing more than 30 artworks and curated by Dr M. Balamani, Priyanka Aelay, Anjaneyulu Gundu, Uday Bhasker P., Rajeswara Rao, Thota Vaikuntam, Laxman Aelay, Parameswar Raju, Rajeswar Rao A., Ravikanth Masuram, Sivaramachary Y., Kavita Deuskar, B. Narsing Rao, Kapu Rajiah and Laxma Goud are a few of the artists whose works are exhibited at the gallery.
All the artworks, be it paintings or sculptures, bring out the signature styles of the artists. Laxman Aelay’s monochrome “Hands” represents the best of monochrome paintings; one could easily mistake the painting as photography. From Anjaneyulu Gundu’s realistic painting, Uday Bhasker P’s antique coin painting, Parameswar Raju’s calligraphic paintings, Thota Vaikuntam’s depiction of rural Telangana life to Laxma Goud’s rustic, raw and potent artworks, the exhibition is a great opportunity to appreciate Telangana’s art fraternity on a single platform.
The amalgamation of the artists’ expressions through varied media works capture the wide array of talent and expression the city possesses. Elaborating on the exhibition, the brain behind Gallery 78, Sreenivas Ch. says, “I have been into the creative field and photography for more than 25 years and it is my love for art which motivated me to transform my house into a two-storied gallery. As for Confetti 2018, I wanted to focus on artists from the city and that’s why I didn’t approach artists from outside the city.”
The house is beautifully done with artistic aesthetics in place. From the outside, it may appear to be just a normal building, but once inside, one is transported into a gallery with exhibits adorning the walls. “The project was conceptualised six years ago. I roped in my friend Sudhir Reddy, an architect, to give visuals to my views. The gallery with half-white and grey colours will provide space for art, photography, workshops, music sessions, sculptures and movie screenings,” says Sreenivas.