Thota Vaikuntam

Thota Vaikuntam

Thota Vaikuntam is an acclaimed Indian artist, who comes from a very humble background. He was born in 1942, in the town of Burugupalli, in Karimnagar district of Telangana (then Andra Pradesh), where his father ran a grocery shop. He pursued his education in College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad and further studied Painting and Printmaking at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, on an Andra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship. Here he was trained under the guidance of the noted artist K. G. Subramanyan.

Thota captures the daily lives of villagers in Telangana. He paints his subjects — almond-eyed men and women from his village — working in the paddy fields, carry toddy pots on the shoulders, and running their daily errands, such as visiting temples, chatting with the neighbours, fetching water at the local well, etc.

Thota’s colour palette comprises of rich and vivid tones of primary colours. He does not like using composite colours, because he finds them unnatural. These colours also reflect the preferred brightly coloured clothes of the people in rural Telangana. His subjects, often the women in his hometown are seen draped in vibrant coloured sarees, hair tied in a bun, numerous bangles, a huge red bindi on a turmeric-smothered forehead and a stunning nose ring. Unlike the women figures of other artists, who are delicate, beautiful, and attractive, Thota’s subjects are stocky, muscular and grotesque. The artist thinks, that the women in his hometown may not be beautiful, but they are charming and spontaneous. He finds them warm, courteous, and robust, who are extremely hardworking, strong and confident. They are mostly middle-aged women who carry a powerful matriarchal position, a feature quite common across the entire Southern India. The men folk in his paintings have a huge tilak on their forehead, a thick and bushy moustache and are dressed in traditional attire. These men are often seen playing a musical instrument or engaged in a conversation with the women in the paintings.

Thota Vaikuntam received the Bharat Bhavan Biennale Award in 1988 and the Lalit Kala Akademi’s National Award in 1993, among many other accolades. Over the years he has showcased his works in numerous group and solo shows across the globe including in countries such as Germany, USA and UK.

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