C. Parameshwarachar, "Jnana Saraswati" is a traditional sculpture, carved from a single piece of hard soap stone.
Parameshwarachar's roots can be traced to an artistic family of 16th century Vijayanagar. He studied sculpture under Sri Siddalinga Swami, during which time, he participated in the sculpting of the Bhuvaneshwari and Kameshwari Temples in Mysore. In 1955, he was involved in the wood and ornamental work of the Vidhana Soudha.
He was the Master Craftsman at the All India Handicrafts Board, Bangalore, for 28 years.
He has participated in workshops and exhibitions all over the world. His sculptures have found their way into art galleries in India and abroad.
He received the National Award for Wood Sculpture (1965), the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award and the Lalit Kala Akademi Award. He was the first recipient of the Jakanachari Award, from the Government of Karnataka, for outstanding work in the field of sculpture.
He presently runs a school of sculpture from his home and is a member of the Karnataka Shilpakala Academy.
Venkatachalapathi, "The Nature 1", is an abstract form in bronze, and represents 'Purusha & Prakruthi' (‘Man & Woman’ or ‘Man & Nature’).
Venkatachalapathi's versatility sees expression in a variety of mediums—a 9.5 ft bronze statue of the late Chief Minister Devaraj Urs; a 12 x 85 ft fiberglass mural in Mysore; and terracotta, plaster and ceramic murals.
His work can be found in private collections in India and abroad, as well as art centres like the Lalit Kala Akademi at Delhi and Chennai.
He has participated in a number of group shows and has to his credit a few one-man shows as well.
He has participated in various painting and sculpture camps organised by art institutions, including the International Sculptors' Symposium organised by the Kannada University and the Chitra Kala Parishat at Hampi, in 1996. He has directed sculpture camps in fiberglass and terracotta mediums in Karnataka.
Venkatachalapathi is the recipient of the National Award for Sculpture (1996) and the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Award for Sculpture (1980 & 1983).
N.G. Neelakantachar, "Ardhanareshwara" is a bronze sculpture in the traditional style. It depicts the unified form of Shiva and Shakti.
As in the case of most reputed sculptors, Neelakantachar comes from a family of artists. After finishing his education in sculpture, he went on to sculpt for the Mysore Palace, and then, completed the statue of Krishna that Samudrika Shamachar had begun. He was the driving spirit of the Centre for Brass Artefacts in Nagamangala.
Over the years he has earned a reputation for his intricate patterns and carving of fine details. His most famous sculpture is 'Shivashankari Leela Nritya'—an image of Shiva and Parvathi dancing.
He has participated in exhibitions all around the country, his work earning him high praise from David Crompton, SYDA, New York, who said, "Of the many statue makers we have seen in South India, undoubtedly, your work is the finest."
His work has won him several awards—the National Award, the Maharaja Gold Medal and the Karnataka State Award, to mention a few.
Bhaskar Rao,"Buffalo in pond" is a contemporary sculpture carved from a single block of granite.
His painting Sankranthi was featured in our 1996 calendar. Known as one of Karnataka's progressive painters, he has won several awards from the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi. His work is included in many private collections in India and abroad, as well as those at the Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai, and reputed corporate houses all over India.
Bhaskar Rao's work has been featured in the state, regional and national exhibitions of the Lalit Kala Akademi and at the Bharat Bhavan Biennial of Contemporary Indian art. He has to his credit over 30 one-man and group shows around the world, including shows at the prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Crimson Art Resource, Bangalore.
He has participated in several all-India camps in painting, sculpture, terracotta and techno art, including the SAARC All India Artist's Camp. He has also executed several specially commissioned murals in Bangalore.
M. Rama Murthy, "Vishnu Dwarapalaka" is a sculpture in the traditional style carved from a single block of Mysore teak.
He is a descendant of the famous Vishwakarma family. He studied wood carving and apprenticed under Sri V. Madhavachary—his father. He completed a six-month advanced training at the Regional Design and Technical Development Centre at Bangalore, and joined the organisation in 1980.
He has travelled in South India, studying temples, conducting demonstrations, exhibitions, seminars, camps and workshops. His twenty years of experience have seen him execute a 20 x 9 ft mural of the Mahabharata, a 6 ft idol of Lakshmi, all the woodwork at the Hindu Union's Temple Complex at Kenya, to mention a few.
His work features in private art collections in India and abroad.
He is the recipient of the Vishwakarma Award, (1990) and the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Award (1986). He has been honoured by the Crafts Council of Karnataka, the Rotary Club and several other private organisations.
Rama Murthy currently sculpts in terracotta and wood, and his interests veer towards Chola sculpture.
S. Sham Sunder, "Appiko" is a contemporary sculpture crafted from a single block of wood. It portrays mankind's anguish over the destruction of nature.
His painting, Concrete Jungle, was featured in our 1996 calendar. As a painter and sculptor, Sham Sunder has been critically acclaimed for the haunting intensity found in his work. He studied painting at Bangalore's Ken School of Art, and print-making at Shantiniketan.
His paintings form part of the Kansas University Collections, the Central Lalit Kala Akademi and National Gallery of Modern Art collections in Delhi as well as private collections in India and abroad.
He has had several one-man and group shows of his work in Bangalore, Bhopal, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Delhi and Hyderabad.
He has participated in the Festival of India, U .S.A.; Contemporary Indian Prints and the Asian-European Art Biennale in Turkey.
He has won awards at the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi and all-India print and graphic exhibitions.
Sham Sunder teaches Fine Arts at the University of Hyderabad.