Profile of Artist:

Madhu Merugoju is a graduate in Fine Arts. He himself learned scroll painting at the age of 13, from his brother who died at a very young age. Madhu works at home in Hyderabad’s Lalapet area and has been following the methods of Cherial scroll painting for more than 2 decades. First, he stiffens khadi (hand-spun natural-fiber cloth) by rubbing tamarind-seed paste and chalk powder on it. He then paints a red background and outlines human and animal figures before adding other colours made from stone powders and natural water colours mixed with tree gum. It takes around 6 to 8 months to paint just one scroll.

Today, only around 10 artisans from three families still create these scrolls, all hailing from Cheriyal village, an hour from Hyderabad. Madhu mourns the fact that his art is slowly dying, with the next generation lacking the patience to invest the three to five years required for training. Madhu decided to dedicate his life to the art form in his brother’s memory. He now shares his expertise with students, thanks to a grant from the Telangana state government, and dreams of forming a society to preserve and promote the art.

Contact Detail:
Address: 12-1-508/4/5, Laxmi Nagar,Lalpet, Secunderabad-17
Phone No: 9848581044, 8341502629
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