Rohith Vemula suicide: Students turn to art to express outrage

The canvas was diverse too — paper, cloth, thermocol and even paper cups.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: January 23, 2016 1:47 am
rohtih veula, rohith vemula suicide, hyderabad, hyderabad protests, hyderabad news, india news Artists from Moradabad pay tributes to Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide at the Hyderabad Central University, on Friday. (PTI Photo)

The protests by students at the University of Hyderabad campus have taken on colourful and creative forms.

On Friday morning, students from the School of Fine Arts, Media and Communications and Comparative Literature, and others who can draw, sketch or paint, got together to create a colourful collage of paintings expressing their outrage and anger.

The collage featured simple portraits of Vemula, saffron rain on paper, angry saffron faces, saffron palm prints, handcuffs on brain, and a saffron hammer driving a nail through books. The canvas was diverse too — paper, cloth, thermocol and even paper cups. The students also converted the lines in Rohith’s suicide note into artful expression on paper cups. “It is our way of expression. It is a collective effort,” a student said.

Two 10-year-old girls, daughters of an employee of the university’s Kendriya Vidyalaya, joined the group to paint a black-and-white picture on paper. As dusk approached, more people joined in. Folk songs were also sung, bringing back memories of the Telangana agitation.

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