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Hand-painted life-size and bust-size lookalike public sculptures of political leaders, national and regional icons, murals, vehicle art, cinema, and community leaders are undeniable everyday visuals in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and India. These popular art visuals represent various assertions and visual markings of the public sphere in these areas. This research, however, will not be confined to these issues alone, but will also touch on a broader topic of visual cultural studies in India, along with a wide range of interrelated subjects like anthropology, geography, and culture. This project will also interrogate the regional ethnographical influences over monumental idols along with its political, caste, and community support. This project studies these hand-painted visuals from the perspective of ethnographical and socio-political contexts from the different regions of India. A comprehensive study of these visuals is necessary to understand the myths as well as facts and determine various factors that have molded the pattern of popular art in India.



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