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Surya Prakash
An Artist and An Organiser

Surya Prakash has come a long way from being written off as a dull and talentless child to being regarded as responsible for the subsistence of art in Hyderabad.

The Pool of LifeSurya Prakash was born in 1940 in Madhira, Andhra Pradesh and his father was an organiser of cinema shows. Surrounded by the colourful posters showcasing popular movie stars, he was thoroughly enamoured by them. His penchant for drawing and painting evolved here.

UntitledIn 1956 he entered the College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad. Vidya Bhushan, his teacher, with his masterly portraits, still life and copies of Ajanta frescos in egg-tempera, impressed and influenced his works. Surya Prakash took a diploma in painting and an advanced diploma in portrait painting.
After the art school and a three-year stint in a government job, Surya Prakash got a small financial grant from the Andhra Pradesh State Lalit Kala Akademi to go to Delhi and study under guru Ram Kumar. It was around this time when Opus, one of his works, won a national award.

Waves of Silence.His forte was that he was also an adept organiser. He took art to the corporates by organising shows and events for the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, L V Prasad's Eye Institute, Sanghi Industries and the Max Mueller Bhavan. He even compiled the Indian section for the Fifth India Triennial. By this time his workshops and camps for painters and sculptors were famous.

The Pool of LifeIn 1978, his monograph, Life and Work by the Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi and the 13 minute, 35 mm documentary Life and Work by Amaravathi film Makers recorded for posterity the growth and spread of Surya Prakash's creative works. His concern for the ignored scene of art led him to set up his own gallery in 1993. This gallery exhibits the works of renowned Indian artists. Hyderabadis would never have enjoyed the works of so many different kinds of quality works by so many renowned artists, if not for the gallery.

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