28 Aug 2012: Rajaiah’s brush stops ...


Kapu Rajaiah (b April 7, 1925), an artist of international fame passed away on 20th August 2012 at Siddipet of Medak district.  

Rajaiah’s paintings found their place at National Gallery Modern Art (New Delhi), Parliament Hall, Salar Jung Museum, Ministry of Culture Moscow, National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, TTD Museum, etc. His works had been exhibited in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Australia, Cuba and Mexico, UK and Seychelles. 

Rajaiah’s style is traditional in essence. He developed a unique blend of Nakashi and other folk art forms. He did both tempera and oil paintings. His paintings represent the rich culture of Telangana in all its glory covering the folk arts, village life, festivals, customs, mien and manners of common men and women. AS Raman carried Rajaiah’s works in the Illustrated Weekly of India and also wrote an article on him in the Studio of London as early as 1950. Rajaiah never resorted to the cryptic or confusion in the name of modern art. 

Qualified in Art & Painting, Rajaiah taught art and drawing at Government High School at Siddipet from1946 to 1983 until he retired. Setting up Lalita Kala Samiti at Siddipet, he trained a number of children in art. 

Rajaiah received a pageant of honours including Lalita Kala Ratna from Central Lalita Kala Academy, and an Honorary Doctorate from JNTU. He also served as a member of the Central Lalita Kala Academy council.  

A simple, unassuming and endearing personality, Rajaiah chose to remain rooted to his hometown of Siddipet on the streets of which he moved about on his bicycle and mingled with the laity and the elite alike, despite the acclaim that he won, until he breathed his last. 

(Report by: U Atreya Sarma. Aug 28, 2012)

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