About Dr. P. G. Keshavulu - Spiritual Artist
Gold Leaf Painting Artist, Founder of Kalashree Artemple, Master Craftsperson in Gold Leaf and other painting forms, Writer, Editor, Publisher and Traditional Art Teacher.
P annuru Guruswamy Keshavalu is an artist par excellence and his artistic creations in various arts forms, especially in Gold Leaf Painting, is a divine beauty to behold. Born into a family of eminent artists, even from his formative years Shri. Keshavalu was steeped in a lofty milieu of artistic endeavour and creative excellence. Today, Shri Keshavalu straddles like a Colossus the sphere of Gold Leaf painting because of his unchallenged mastery over the art form as well as his devout dedication to spread this particular art form in all strata of the society thereby creating a social awareness of the art and bring forth a cultural enrichment of the exotic art form- Gold Leaf Painting.
Pannuru Guruswamy Keshavalu was born on 27 April 1955 in Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. His father Late Pannuru Guruswamy and his brother Padmashri Pannaru Sripathi were renowned proponents of the art of Gold Leaf Painting and were the guiding force and mentoring masters of Shri Keshavalu. From them, Shri Keshavalu imbibed the spirit of imaginative creation of an artist and the intricate techniques of Gold Leaf Painting. Spurred by a profound passion for Gold Leaf Painting, Shri Keshavalu pursued the art form with utmost dedication and obtained a Diploma in Fine arts from Chennai and also strove for a Postgraduate Degree in Fine arts from G.D. Arts, Chennai. A notable achievement of Shri Keshavalu during this period is the successful production of a handmade magazine Likhita Patrika from Chittoor.
Moreover, the exquisitely beautiful traditional art form Tanjore painting is a family legacy of Shri Keshavalu. He has an ardent fascination and unrivalled expertise in Tanjore painting and his perseverance to preserve this ancient art form and to build an awareness of its beauty and charm is highly commendable.
In recognition of the expertise in various art forms, such as Gold Leaf Painting and Tanjore painting, as well as his Herculean efforts to bring these art forms to the forefront and generate an awareness of the rich heritage of these art forms among the common man as well as the experts, Shri Keshavalu has been endowed with numerous awards and honours, both at the national and the international level. Of special mention here is the training in Gold Leaf painting imparted to several students in Lepakshi, A.P.H.D.C.Ltd, the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation, Hyderabad. In 2011-2012, he trained ten students under the 'Guru Shishya Parampara' under (HRD) Scheme of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, New Delhi-66.
With his myriad interests in a wide variety of art forms coupled with his staunch determination to impart the skills of his art to a broad spectrum of students, Shri Keshavalu founded the now famous Kalashree Artemple, an academy that propagates the traditional and classical values Indian art, in Hyderabad in the year 2000. The Academy is a renowned portal of art education and practice in Gold Leaf Painting and also an art gallery where different painting forms are exhibited and caters to a wide range of interested students from common housewives to celebrated artists. Shri Keshavalu is spurred by his resolute drive to transform the socio-cultural ambiance of our country through a heightened awareness among the people of the worth and welfare of all forms of art.
The lofty objective of the Kalashree Artemple is to preserve and promote traditional art and craft of India, to raise awareness and understanding of craft so that works of master craftsmen are recognized as art forms, to assist craftsmen in improving their skills by conducting technical, design and marketing workshops, to ensure sustainability of craft by conducting workshops for children of craftsmen and other school children, to create awareness of craft through workshops, lectures and seminars, and to provide the opportunity to craftsmen from all over the country to bring their craft to the forefront through exhibitions. This is indeed a praiseworthy and highly laudable mission taken up by the selfless Shri Keshavalu and definitely deserves sustenance and encouragement from all.
Shri Keshavalu is an embodiment of perfection in the art of Gold Leaf Painting and his awe-inspiring contribution-a series of paintings based on divine thoughts and manifestation of art through colours and forms based on the diverse aspects of spirituality such as dhyana, bhakthi and yoga and in the portrayal of stories, legends and characters from the Indian epics ad Puranas in harmony with the tenets of Sumudrika Lakshana have lifted this striking art form to new heights inviting weighty appreciation from scholars and critics all over the world.
Another noteworthy accomplishment of Shri Keshavalu is the introduction and creation of Turmeric Painting for the first time in India. Turmeric Painting is an indigenous art form which uses only organic materials such as turmeric, kumkum, ganga jal and vegetable colours. Through new-fangled art form of Turmeric Painting, Shri Keshavalu envisages to bring forth an awareness to derive energy through art and meditation thereby improving memory and concentration in children, and tranquility and peace for the elderly. In this connection, he has completed over 300 episodes of Kalashree Trikalagnanam in the Telugu Bhakthi TV Channel schooling and elucidating Art Mudras.
A laudable project underway is the establishment of Gurukul Art School Temple for 64 arts Chitrakala Kshetra near Shamshabad, Hyderabad Earlier, Shri Keshavalu has worked as Chief Artist in leading Telugu and Tamil magazines 1975–1980. From 1980 to 1995 he worked as Editor and Publisher in his own magazines Jabilli and Harivillu.
Shri Keshavalu unrelenting journey to serve and explore the field of Arts and Agama Silpa Sasthra is in its fourth decade and during these fruitful years, he has trained more than two thousand students in Gold Leaf painting, Oil painting, and Glass painting and continues to impart his expertise to all who are interested
T he lofty objective of Shri Keshavulu Art Academy – is to preserve and promote traditional Art and Crafts of India, to raise awareness of craftsmen are recognized as art forms, to assist craftsmen in improving their skills by conducting technical, design and marketing workshops, to ensure sustainability of craft by conducting workshops for children of craftsmen and other school children, to create awareness of craft through lectures and seminars, and to provide the opportunity to craftsmen from all over the country to bring their craft to the forefront through art exhibitions.
Before founding Kalashree Artemple, he worked as Chief Artist in magazines such as Bommarillu, Vijaya and Chandamama (Freelancer), Telugu, Tamil leading magazines during 1975 – 1980. From 1980 to 1995 he worked as Editor and Publisher in his own publication Jabilli magazine. His relentless service in the field of Arts, And Agama Silpa Sasthra over the last 45 years, he has trained over two thousand students in Gold Leaf painting, Oil painting, and Glass painting and continues to train anyone with an interest in these areas. Of special mention here is the training in Gold Leaf painting imparted to several students in Telangana State Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd., Golkonda.