Aelay Laxman (b.1964) portrays the spiritual robustness of rural Telengana folks, his own people. Their tenacious struggle against the relentless incursion of modernity that they neither understand nor stand to benefit from is empathetically captured in Aeley’s canvas through the contrast between the sharp musculature of his figures and the almost inevitable absence of whole bodies. These statuesque figures, often contorted within their larger settings, seek to convey Aelay’s acute dismay at the marginalization of the simplicity and sentiments these proud men and women live and die for. On an average Aelay has held a solo show once in every two years during the last ten years or so, the last of which ‘The River Underneath’ in Mumbai in 2008, was a complete sell-out. A self taught artist who subsequently acquired formal training in painting from JNTU, Hyderabad, Aelay has participated in group shows in several major cities in India and abroad and attended numerous art camps within and outside India including in Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Italy. A former illustrator and publicity designer, Aelay worked for cult films as Satyaand The Inscrutable Americans. His works grace the collections of Padmashri Jagdish Mittal, Anju Poddar, Coromandal Fertilisers, Lanco Industries, Byrraju Foundation and many other private and public collections in India and abroad.