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Vizag artist finds place in global forum

Kamesh’s art ‘Amalgamation’ stood out in top-10; sold for $1,500

It was a defining moment for the city-based artist K.S. Kamesh to get sponsorship to the tune of Rs.1 lakh for the International Artist Grand Prize Competition-2016 and find a place among the top 10 finalists.

Though the invitation of the Art Revolution Taipei (ART) came twice along with five other international contests spanning a dozen years of his professional life, this was the artist’s maiden foreign trip to Taiwan.

Of the 4,058 artists who took part from across 73 countries, 100 were shortlisted and Mr. Kamesh’s art ‘Amalgamation’ brought out on an 80”x90” canvas stood out in the top-10 list.

Later, the painting was sold for a hefty price tag of $1,500.

After returning from his 10-day tour that concluded on April 29,

Rare opportunity

Mr. Kamesh, who represented Andhra Pradesh at the international contest, told The Hindu that it was a rare opportunity to explore. “I owe my successful visit to an article published in The Hindu in December 2015. Members of Sagarika Recreation, Tarnagam and Ladies Clubs of NTPC, Principal of Bal Bharati Public School M. Padmaja and a number of employees came forward to contribute generously to my itinerary after reading the write-up. Residents of NTPC Township treated me as one of their family and encouraged me to realise my dream,” says the art teacher of Bal Bharati Public School, Deepanjali Nagar township of NTPC’s Simhadri Power Plant. The global forum gave Mr. Kamesh an opportunity to interact with artists from Myanmar, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Russia, Hungary, France and China and foster friendship. “It was a great learning experience for me to know about different people, diverse cultures and learn from each other. Now, most of the artists I came across have become my Facebook friends,” says the artist.

Taiwanese cuisine

The foreign trip was associated with many sweet memories. However, the biggest challenge appeared to be getting used to Taiwanese cuisine. “Though I am a non-vegetarian, I hardly consume red meat. But, during my stay in Taiwan I was left with no other choice than to eat a variety of dishes made of red meat almost everyday,” concludes Mr. Kamesh.

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