Geethanjali, a sculptor who infuses life into stones

Geethanjali  working on a sculpture. Her works represent varied subjects and have received honour in several competitions across the State. Photos By the Author

In the hands of a good   sculptor  any  material can take life and impress people to a great extent. In the hands of Dr B R Geethanjali this is cent percent true.

Dr Geethanjali well known Sculptor of Mysore  has created wonderful and impressive sculptures using Metal, Wood, Stone, Fibre, Cement and Clay since Ten  years.

During  2010  at the National  Level “Stone Camp” organised by the Kannada University  at vidhyaranya, Hampi,   she has  Created a “Womb” in Stone measuring 3 and a half feet by 2 and a half feet.

It has attracted the attention of  the visitors to the camp (picture enclosed). Brahmaiah Rathnamma Geethanjali  who hails from Gorur Hassan district was born 28th September 1972. She had her  schooling in Hassan, Mangalore and Mysore.  

The beginning

She obtained BFA(Sculpture) Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from CAVA Mysore in 1999 and got K K Hebbar Art Foundation  Gold Medal.  Later she went to West  Bengal and from Kala Bhavan  Santiniketan got her Master of Fine Arts MFA (Post Graduate Degree) in 2001.

She worked for her Doctoral Degree  and got Ph.D for her thesis “Historical Lampposts of Karnataka –A study” from Kannada University Hampi  in 2008. She is the First person to get Ph.D degree in the “field of Sculpture” that to belonging to Viswakarma (Goldsmith) community.

Her Ph.D guide was Prof. S C Patil  and she remembers him  with all reverence.  At present she is working as a Guest Lecturer in CAVA, Mysore (Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts) teaching the subject  Sculpture to the students.

In Kalaniketan School of Art Vijayanagara, in stone she “created a Thinker” (Picture Enclosed) which is indeed laudable. She is highly enthusiastic in her work.

She is a workaholic   and achieves her goal well within the stipulated time.  She has  many awards to her credit- In Dasara Exhibition for  her sculptures she got awards three times during 1993, 1997 and 1998.

Awards

In 2005 she got Award from Karnataka Shilpakala Academy  in third Annual Sculpture Exhibition. She has participated in many workshops throughout the country.

Notable ones are –Terracotta Workshop by Ashokan Poduval in 1997,  Nandan Mela  santiniketan West Bengal in 1999, Bronze Workshop (Dokra Process) in West Bengal in 2001, Fibre casting with silicon rubber mould (Chalukya style sculpture) in painting kannada University Hampi in 2006 etc.

She attended Stone Camps in Chennai, Hampi, Bangalore and in Badami and exhibited her special skills in Sculpting. The Chisel, and  hammer in her hands dances according to her tunes. She has scripted several articles in visual art.

Mr SUSEN GHOSH from West Bengal  is her mentor in the field of Sculpture. Apart from sculpting she has a special desire for Theatre world also.

She joined Samudaya troupe in 1994 in Mysore.  since then she is richly contributing to Theatre World.

Multi talent

She is a Stage Lighting Designer. She has provided Lighting designs in several dramas directed by Aparna Sindoor, Mandys Ramesh, H S Umesh, Hejje Gejje Udaya Kumar, C Basavalingayya over the years. Her father G Brahmaiah and mother R Nagaratna  is a motivator in all her work.

 Her younger Sister B R Snehalatha software  Engineer in Philipines and younger brother  B R Naveen Kumar  and her brother in law Dr Shrinivasachari encourages her in her Sculpture world.

- Dr N N PRAHALLADA, Associate Professor, Regional Institute of Education Mysore.                                                      

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