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Posted on : November 15th, by
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Art at its heart wants to reflect life which is nothing but an endless continuum of movement………

A journey of journeys is VIVA art, picking up memories enroute , touching the soul at its roots and then Implanting on to a blank canvas….In abstraction life’s intricacies….


Vishnu Vandana, Artist and Architect
Viva Art


How did this come. Where did this form of ViVa art logo come from? In the beginning there was nothing. Then came many thoughts, rushing, teasing – till between the two of us things crystallised and we came up with the name of ViVa art.
There were many other ideas. At the centre of it all we wanted to create something – a platform where we would, as a brother and sister duo, record beautiful buildings in India – those that gave us pleasure… we would visit them, paint them and write about them. It would become a repository of our memories and we would have thus converted our holiday memories into lasting paintings. I describe this process in my blog http://www.vivaart.co.in/why-do-i-paint/
When we settled on the name ViVa it seemed right because it had a myriad perspectives….. there was my name Vishnu Vandana, then Vasu’s name encompassed in it, the word seemed to stand for life and a joyous celebration of it and so we both loved it…..
Then came the issue of the logo. I went back to my roots – a village called Mori in the Konaseema belt. There I went back to early memories – surrounded by paddy fields, houses surrounded by coconut trees, plenty of water as ponds but also flowing water in canals ..

Mori Canals- Kalavalu Mori Canals- Kalavalu

 

The waters used to come from far away mighty river Godavari – meandering serenely through mountainous regions of Papikondalu. That movement of life and the waters always held by imagination ……….. and influenced my logo

The river Godavari at Papikondalau Godavari at Papikondalau

 

There the houses would have beautiful colours and as you entered the door step there would be a turmeric yellow (Pasupu) on the door step and then dots of red (Konkum) and White (Muggu). That auspicious look is even now seen from rich houses to road side stalls as here (selling “Dosa”…my favourite food – photo taken in May 2014). These colours speak to me and inspire me.

Roadside stalls selling Dosa Roadside stalls selling Dosa

 

The colour red is also prevalent in the “Bottu” or “Bindi” that women here wear on their foreheads. See how my mother has a large Bindi, the colours of the sarees form Mori too have this dark hue which I absolutely love. My mother here was selecting sarees at the Mori Handloom society.

Mori Handloom Society Mori Handloom Society

 

Then there are the flavours of the dishes of Mori – known for its mango pickle “Aavakai” and the chillies. There is an earthiness to the land – a contrast between the dark red chillies and the verdant greens of the paddy fields.

Konaseema Red Chillies Konaseema Red Chillies Coconut trees Mori Coconut trees Mori

 

I could not chose between the two. In the end the green became the basis of the website while the red became the signature of the logo…..

When I stepped out of the houses I remember my mother making “muggulu”. These ancient squiggles of rice powder patterns on the floor seemed to symbolise art through the generations. Early in the morning before sun rose I saw my mother sprinkle water in the courtyard and then on that wet earth she would use rice powder to draw beautiful designs. In white… these designs would often not have a beginning or an end. yet they were everywhere and it seemed every day began with them.

"Muggulu" Rangoli in Konaseema “Muggulu” Rangoli in Konaseema

 

Occasionally you would see on the walls of a house as in this charming house in Mori.

Muggulu on walls in Mori Muggulu on walls in Mori

 

Recently my niece was visiting from UK and she noticed this on the walls in Hyderabad and so the designs are evolving and catching youngster’s eyes.

Muggulu on walls in Hyderabad
Muggulu on walls in Hyderabad

 

My niece had started learning from my brother who does Rangoli for Diwali and so the art of “Muggulu” is travelling from one generation to another. It is alive and, beautiful, the swirls are never ending … like life. Below is her foray into this world of traditional art at the doorstep which she did in 2012.

Traditional muggu by my niece Traditional muggu by my niece

 

I wanted that tradition of colours to be reflected as an “anjali” in my modern website.

I chose the two colours of “Konkum” red and the “muggulu” white to my logo designs. The flowing of waters got reflected in it. And the “Passuppu” (turmeric yellow) and the “Aaku Pacha” green of the paddy fields to made it as the background basis of the whole site.

And so there we are. I have connection to the traditions of the past as reflected here in a Banyan tree at Mokila, a suburb of Hyderabad where I was involved in the design of a residential township called Westend Greens http://www.westendgreens.com/

Offerings at Banyan tree, Mokila, Hyderabad Offerings at Banyan tree, Mokila, Hyderabad

 

or offerings to float down the river Gadvari that I saw near Pappikondalu.

Offerings to the river Godavari Offerings to the river Godavari

 

And I hope to play a small part in that wonderful tradition that plays out in the Konaseema area and bring that design to the modern web. Here is my interpretation – an “archana” to those beings of the past and a connecting to the visitors of the future.

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