Kangayam bulls@ Exhibition-cum-Beauty Contest.


Kangayam bulls at the exhibition-cum-beauty contest at Kangayam in Tirupur district on Saturday.

Kangayam bulls at the exhibition-cum-beauty contest at Kangayam in Tirupur district on Saturday.

452 head of cattle at Kangayam lined up at a beauty contest organised by the Department of Animal Husbandry.

 

 

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HYDERABAD TODAY


Religion

TTD: Discourse by D. Ramacharyulu, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, Jillelaguda, 6.30 p.m.

GENERAL

MSME: Food safety training, MSME campus, Balanagar.

Eye Care: National Environment Awareness Campaign, Sri Vidya High School, Tilaknagar, 9 a.m.

Kavya Publishing House: Release of compilation of ‘Running Commentary’ penned by Devi Priya, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Bhavan, Red Hills, 6 p.m.

CULTURE

Exhibition of paintings: Late Kondapalli Seshagiri Rao painting collection, State Art Gallery, Madhapur, 11 a.m.

Sri Chandrasekharendra Sangeetha Educational Society: Vocal concert by Sikkil C. Gurcharan and party, Keyes High School for GIrls, Secunderabad, 6:30 p.m.

Alliance Francaise: Book launch of ‘After the Deluge’, Banjara Hills, 6:30 p.m.

Dastkari craft fair


Dastkari Craft bazaar – an exhibition of regional crafts, art and textiles — is here in Chennai. More than 100 different craftsmen from the villages, towns and cities across the country will present their handmade creations in metal, wood, clay and paper.

Embroidered and woven textiles and traditional art will be available. People can enjoy folk music and dance performed on all days.Hand block printed textiles and embroidered textiles from Rajasthan, terracotta from Kerala, leather products from Shantiniketan, assorted crafts from Punjab, papier mache and wooden objects from Kashmir, are the highlights of the fair.

The Dastkari Haat Samiti is a not-for-profit association of craftspeople working to spread awareness about traditional art and craft.

 

Rare Army pictures on display


A photograph at the exhibition held on the occasion of Army Day 2014, organised by the Headquarters Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area and Namma Metro at boulevard on M.G. Road in Bangalore on Wednesday.

A photograph at the exhibition held on the occasion of Army Day 2014, organised by the Headquarters Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area and Namma Metro at boulevard on M.G. Road in Bangalore on Wednesday.

The exhibition is on at the M.G. Road Boulevard till January 27.

“Thatha, what is OV,” eleven-year-old Gautam asks his grandfather, pointing at photographs and news reports collages featuring different army regiments. For the next 10 minutes former army doctor R. Gaur gives his grandson a lecture on the Army’s Operation Vijay in Kargil in 1999.

By the end of his lecture, the young boy had moved on to another section that featured rare photographs of the Madras Sappers through the late 1800s and 1900s, documenting the regiment’s contribution to building Bangalore’s Cantonment area. Some of the rarer pictures included one of the BRV (Bangalore Rifle Volunteers) Theatre on Cubbon Road being built by the Sappers and Miners in 1911, the Cliff Roadway in Ulsoor Lake being constructed, the regiment rerailing a derailed train coach in 1946 and an image of the first motor car in Bangalore in a bungalow on St. John’s Road.

The boys, and many children his age, were seen going through these pictures with a sense of wonder.

One photograph, for instance, showed children with their Indian nannies in tow, picnicking at the Glass House in Lalbagh. “That looks like a picnic, but they’re all foreigners!” pointed Dheeraj, a student who was part of a large group that had come to attend the Army Day programme.

An exhibit that generated huge interest was one that documented the uniforms of privates and sappers from 1780, when the attire was traditional and coloured black and white, through the early 1800s when khakis were paired with a long black hat only to be replaced by an imperial red till the 1930s when the khakis returned.

The khaki remained the uniform for many years, even as styles changed, up until the current deep army olive green. A botanical chart also records the types of species of flora and fauna found at the MEG centre here.

Sunand Thakur, a young marketing executive who had dropped in, said that the entire exhibition was “inspiring”.

The exhibition is on at the gallery Vismaya at the Rangoli Metro Arts Centre on the erstwhile MG Road Boulevard till January 27 and was inaugurated on Wednesday on the occasion of Army Day. Army Day is celebrated on January 15 every year at the MEG, however, this year the BMRCL decided to pay a tribute to the soldiers by hosting the exhibition, a march along the boulevard and a cultural programme themed around patriotism attended by children.

Govt. school kids turn waste into wealth


creative:Students making sculptures, out of waste materials, in Puducherry.Photo: T. SingaravelouAn exhibition of their art work is on at Sega Art Gallery..

Sitting on the floor in the gallery, Mahesh Kumar carefully selects a small dried coconut. “This will be the head,” he explains. With practiced ease, he glues together other bits and pieces taken from different dried plants and quickly assembles them to resemble a man.

“Whenever I see a dried root on the ground, or coconut shell, I try to imagine it as a body part or part of a sculpture. Nowadays, whenever I am wandering around my village, I am constantly on the lookout for things in nature that can be used to make figurines,” he says.

Training

Mahesh Kumar is part of a group of 62 students, from the Vanithasan Government School in Selimedu, who has been learning, for a few months, to make sculptures using waste materials. Trained by their art teacher V. Umapathy, they try to infuse creativity into their work. With nimble fingers they work on all types of waste pieces to create idols and dolls. The expo at the Sega Art Gallery proved to be a wonderful platform for them to display their art.

Types of art

Although all the pieces on display were made by students who are studying in Class VI to Class IX, the quality and sophistication of the sculptures are anything but amateur. Everything from the large Ganesha idol to the eagles at the entrance of the exhibition has been made with a lot of care. “I was surprised at the speed at which students learnt the art with ease and instilled creativity in each and every piece they made,” said Mr. Umapathy.

Says Mr. Umapathy: There is a story behind the large Ganesha idol. Father of one of his students, Muruga is a coconut tree climber. When he visited Kerala along with his father, he picked up a large piece of coconut tree bark with the idea of turning it into a Ganesha idol as it resembled the trunk of an elephant. The minute he reached Puducherry, he contacted me to help him to turn it into the figurine he had imagined. Similarly almost all the sculptures in the exhibition have a story behind it, he said.

After the curtains come down at the exhibition at the Sega Art Gallery, the students will travel to Bangalore to showcase their sculptures in the Bangalore Road Show.

The money from the proceeds will be used to fund the education of the students.

 

Different facets of the ghats of Banaras


Australian artist Terry Burrows has captured different facets of the ghats of Banaras and anonymous individuals in his camera. These pictures will now be mounted at a six-day solo exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi here beginning this Sunday.

The exhibition will have 28 double images. In all, there will be 56 colour pictures.

For this 58-year-old artist, observing the ghats teeming with people meditating, squatting, sitting along the steps or looking at the river and watching children play the gentleman’s game was an enjoyable experience. According to Terry, as the photographs of the subjects are all taken from behind, they are an intriguing form of anonymous portraiture. “Since the images are from the back, we have not intruded into the privacy of the people featured in this exhibition.”