Mohammed Osman, a budding artist, hails from a quaint town near Hyderabad where he spent over two decades before relocating to Hyderabad to pursue a degree in painting from the College of Fine Arts at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University.
Inspired by rural India, Osman finds his muse in the Gangireddu, or decorated ox (known as basava in Kannada). These lavishly adorned oxen, a vibrant fixture of village festivities during Sankranti or Pongal, fascinate him. According to him, these bulls, brought to households by the Gangireddulavaru community, symbolize good fortune.
Adorned with colorful clothes and anklets, these bulls move gracefully to the tunes of Nadaswaram and drum beats. The attire, generously donated by affluent families, enhances the bulls' visual appeal. Captivated by their artistic forms, Osman decided to immortalize their beauty through his artwork.