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RATHWA AND BHIL TRIBE

One early morning in mid December we left to uncover  research the Bhil and Rathwa tribes. Bhuribai the welll known Bhil artist travelled with us. It was a long and comfortable drive to Jhabua. On on way we stopped by at the Bagh Caves. These are the  seven rock-cut Buddhist caves and were made  in 5-7th century. Located on the far side of the Bhagini River. Of nine original caves, only seven remain.  Rock cut…

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Tattoo Art of the Baiga tribe.

About the Baiga Baiga tribe of central India is one of the most primitive tribe of India. The Baiga tribes used to practice shifting cultivation in forest areas without using the plough.They used to have a semi-nomadic life style till the advent of Britishers and started living in more permanent settlements.They live in simple houses with hardly any  adornment. Their houses generally consist of a single room and there is a Parchhi adjoining it in the…

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Warli tribe artists in Lyon ,France

Warli Artists In Lyon in May 2015“Duppata ” is a NGO based in south of France that works for women empowerment in India.They have  exhibitions annually of tribal and folk paintings of India  at various locations in France.Artists from the Warli tribe from Maharashtra were invited for series of exhibitions that extended from 1st May 2014 to 31st May 2014.The artists invited were Reena Valvi, Shantaram Tumbda and Anil Vangad.All these artists hail from different…

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Book launch of children’s book ‘L’Elephant Volant'(french)

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…

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Presentation on four tribal women artists at Indian Embassy Paris, France.

Presentation on Four Tribal Women Artists of Central India In 2014 I was invited by the Indian Embassy in Paris to talk about the eminent women artists of central India.I picked out, two Gond , Durgabai Vyam , Nankhusia Shyam and two Bhil ,Bhuribai and Ladobai.I shared the their experiences and their journey from  their villages to Bhopal exactly the way it was narrated to me. Durgabai…. I would like to share some of their…

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Gond Tribal Art workshop for school children

I  facilitated and conducted a  two day workshop for the boys at” The Doon School” Dehradun.The workshop was supervised by Rajendra Shyam. It was a wonderful experience working with the children.The boys were very excited to develop their own signature motifs .They experimented with sporty depictions, like footballs and hockey sticks.While some drew inspiration from natural phenomenons like thunder and rain.The result was fabulously rendered images.

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Behind the Gond Paintings – A trip into the heart of India-Patangarh March 2013

To understand a painting or to get into the mind of an artist, one has to often understand his roots.The place where his or her heart belongs.This was my first trip to Mandla district to Patangarh and Dindori, the motherland to the Pardhan Gond artists.In the past Pardhan Gonds were story tellers to Gond kings.They were responsible for passing on the traditions of the Gond kings verbally through songs with a musical instrument called the…

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Gond Tribal Art workshop at Welham Girls , Dehradun

I organised and facilitated an workshop at Welham Girls School.Artist Rajendra Shyam and Artist Santosh Maravi guided the students.The story of the “The Flying Elephant” , was to be pictorially depicted. It was wonderful to see the various creations by the girls.                                          The Presentation                                             The Workshop                               Various depictions of  “The Flying Elephant”

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