If artists are the gods of their creation,
then the art galleries are the temples. There are a
number of art galleries in the city, some of which have
been set up by the artists themselves. Within the silent
and austere interiors one can commune with various forms
of artistic expressions, which is not only a treat to
the eye, but also to the mind.
Lakshana Art Gallery
From picture frames to the picture - that's how
far this art gallery has travelled. Started on 24th
April 2000, the Lakshana Art Gallery is the first
such venture initiated by the Lakshana Picture Frames,
a Chennai based company.
Two decades of close interaction with art, and founders
Madhu and Geetha have moved from merely
framing the picture to promoting it. Their purpose is
to showcase works of contemporary art, to generate discussion
on the subject and to use multi-media to generate greater
Since its inception, the gallery has held three exhibitions,
showcasing nearly 60 paintings each time, of many upcoming
artists. And they plan to take it further with two to
three shows every month!
The cherry on the icing is the most ambitious of their
dreams of bringing art back to the mainstream, despite
the threat of competion from the other more popular
Timings: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 5-9-77, Chapel Road, Abids, Hyderabad-500
Phone: 2329 8364
Contact Person: H. Madhu
To increase art consciousness Surya Gallery plans to organise
Art Workshops and Slide shows. Seven years
since its inception, this unpretentious gallery has made
an invaluable contribution
to the art and culture of this city.
In an era, where artistic expression is stifled by commercialism,
the Surya Gallery provides a new lease of life
to a number of artists. The
gallery was set up by renowned artist Surya Prakash
in 1993, for precisely this purpose, to escape the
"trappings of a commercial gallery". This was reflected
right in its very first show, when it displayed the
works of Manu Parekh, Sunil Das and others who
were then unknown to Hyderabad.
Today it houses the contemporary works of artists from
all over India. At the same time, one can find the works
of Hyderabad's very own Surya Prakash, Vaikuntam,
and DLN Reddy. The gallery holds both one-man
shows as well as group shows of artists. These collections
exhibit styles diverse, both in form and content.
Timings: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 8-3-952/10/9, Panjagutta, Off Srinagar
Colony Road, Hyderabad - 500 016
Phone: 2317 049
Contact Person: Ms Kiran
If you're looking for the works of young and deligent
artists, the Minaaz Art Gallery is the place to
look for them. Started five years ago by artist Shahnaz
Armi, this gallery displays the works of over 30 artists
and sculptors. The displays are revamped every fortnight
as new collections are brought in.
Located in the basement of the Banjara Petals, the
gallery is spread over 2000 square feet. The displays
include a range of styles from the colourful depiction
of the Telangana women by renowned artist T.
Vaikuntam, to more experimental styles of artist
Fawad Tamkanat, and the abstract thoughtful collection
by L.N.V. Srinivas.
Apart from selling art, Ms Armi also hopes to create awareness
and generate interest in these artistic works. This, she
hopes to achieve by regularly hosting individual and group
The Deccan Chronicle best sums up the work of this gallery:
' Minaaz Art Gallery with good lighting and
ambience et.al seems to come closer to professional handling
with every passing exhibition.' Timings: 4
p.m - 7 p.m.
Address: 100 Banjara Petals, Road No. 5, Banjara
Hyderabad- 500 034
Phone: 2354 8169 / 2335 7129.
Contact Person: Ms. Shahnaz Armi