Hyderabad-based sculptor-teacher shapes the future of design & creativity while igniting feminine minds

Meet the maven of academia, Kantha Reddy- An Assistant Vice Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) who has been molding the design education in the favour of fledgling designers for the last 24 year. His imposing sculptures titled “Iron Beauty” have won the prestigious Lalit Kala Akademi award.

He is the first sculptor from Telangana to win the Lalit Kala Akademi award, his bronze sculpture urges women to have a tough mindset. His winning sculpture titled “Iron Beauty” sends a powerful message! It urges women to have a tough mindset and be resilient.

The adage ‘Failure is the stepping stone to success ’ seems to resonate aptly with Hyderabad-based Sama Kantha Reddy’s life. The sculptor who features among this year’s winners chosen by Lalit Kala Akademi never gave up on his dreams despite failures.

“Iron Beauty” is an 18 feet high bronze sculpture. It represents a human head fixed in an open ironing box. The vertical extensions symbolize the challenges women face in society. Kantha Reddy’s art is inspired by social issues. He believes it is his responsibility to portray them through his work.

Kantha Reddy’s journey as an artist has been marked by perseverance, resilience, and a strong dedication to his craft. His sculptures serve as a medium to highlight social issues and raise awareness about them. The recognition he has received for his work is a testament to his talent and artistic vision.

Kantha Reddy’s story is an inspiration for aspiring artists. It also serves as a reminder that failure should never deter one from pursuing their dreams.

His upcoming participation in the award ceremony and exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi’s gallery fills him with pride as he represents Telangana on this esteemed platform.

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