The Kalamkari artist Ramesh Gorjala was born in a family of Andhra Pradesh on April 15, 1997, in Chittoor district of Srikalahasti, where he learned this traditional Kalamkari Art from his uncle. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he also went for a bachelor of fine arts(painting) for contemporary art practice from Jawaharlal University in Hyderabad.
Initially, this is a primal art style that requires a bamboo pen and natural paints. It is a hand painting style done on a canvas or silk fabric using the pen on dyes. KALAMKARI word is derived from the Persian word “kalam”, which means pen, and “KARI” is the craftsmanship or the work done by the artist.
Kalamkari art is not known to be originated from somewhere, but modern times say that this art is a traditional work of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This portrays scenes from mythologies like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavatam.
He focuses on Indian cultures and mythological portrayals of various Indian Gods and Goddesses through imagination and his process. The palette he uses is mainly influenced by gold, red and green hues, which brings forth an intrinsic, prepossessing look to his paintings, which also shows his pulchritude to advantage. Moreover, the moods he formulates with his paintings give a contemporary aspect to his work.
These are some paintings by Ramesh Gorjala.
He mainly focuses on God and Goddesses and mythological forms of South Asian Pandean, including Hanuman, Buddha, and Brahma. Every art is painted with great attention and sensitivity to details.
Gorjala did not resist himself until he was a simple prominent protagonist in his pieces. He integrated his subjects by mixing one figure with multiple figures with an unfinished border character. You will find different patterns in his work, and that’s why he is famous for a combination of spiritual and traditional feelings with a modern twist.
His work can be related to a narration of mythological tales. He realized that paintings of Gods and Goddesses are not a new style. To give a different touch to his paintings, he opted for a similar yet another fashion. He started drawing numerous figures in the outlines of Hanuman or Lord Krishna, showing different stories in one frame.
And now this is what he is known for, and we can consider it his tread mark. Gorjala’s exhibitions are famous in numerous countries, and he travelled from Srikalahasti to London, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
After five years of his tour, he now has his visual gallery, the Indian Habitat Center in Delhi.
His works comprise 50 art pieces that he has brought up intricately with mythological tales with numerous figures printed within them. As we take an example from one of his paintings, if there is an 8×7 inch’s figure of Vishnu, then there may be ten avatars of Vishnu within it as Narasimha, Matsya, Rama, and Krishna, Hanuman as a Bhakth of Ram, Krishna sitting with Radha and within Laxmi with Ganesh which may explain another story with it.
Many awards have respected Gorjala’s works, including Mahatma Gandhi Birth Century Award from Victoria Technical Institute (V.T.I) Chennai in 2000; and a state award in 2002 from the A.P. Crafts Council.
Ramesh Gorjala paintings are called to be a conventional Kalamkari style that mates his imagination. He believes that the charm of Hindu mythology is in storytelling.
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