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L’elephant Volant;

Book launch of childrens book ‘L’elephant Volant’

The idea to make a childrens book based on this Gond Folklore happened in 2013 when I was in Paris for the presentation for “Verncular India” hosted by Gallerie Andershus Paris.Barbara Pillot the co author and Gayantri Shantaram both ardent lovers of folklores and tribal art were mesmerized by the beautiful paintings .Barbara having previous experience in translating children’s books from various languages into French was keen to do a book based on the famous Gond folklore” Udata Hathi”(Flying elephant).

We started looking for an artist who would appropriately illustrate the story.After much discussions we decided on Rajendra Shyam who had aptly depicted this folklore in many of his paintings.

With the help of Gayatri , Barbara and myself were able to bring out the real essence of the story in the French language.Barbara prepared the manuscript for the book .Looking for a French publisher was a difficult task.The book was finally accepted and published by Jasmine Du editions Paris, France. In this incredibly illustrated book , Raju (Rajendra Shyam) has depicted the domestication of the elephant by humans .

About the Illustrator

Rajendra Shyam, depicts the Gondi tales in great detail on his canvases. His favourite colour is brown in all its shades. He has adopted banda, the rope used to bind sheaves of grain, as his signature infill motiff to provide texture to his forms.

Rajendra  has exhibited his work at Nottingham’s  New Art Exchange Gallery, London in 2009.Raju in collaboration with Venkant Shyam also painted a 70kg fiberglass elephant, Udata Hathi as a part of the Elephant Parade Mela.His  depictions of tales of deity Bada Dev have been exhibitited  at Horniman Art Gallery London in June 2011.