We have curated trips to visit various indigenious communities with a day-to-day itinerary detailing. Tribal tourism or community can have a lot of positive effects. Done sensitively, it can help people learn about and appreciate different ways of life. For indigenous communities, it can facilitate cultural exchange and celebration. And for those that are struggling to maintain their livelihoods and traditions, it’s also a way of educating others about their situation, earning some money and playing an active part in the maintenance of their culture.
Patangarh is a small village in district Dindori about 150 km from Jabalpur located on top of a hillock overlook- ing a large water body. Patangarh
is the home to Pardhan Gond and
is the village of legendary Gond painter Jangan Singh Shyam .Verrier Elwin was an English self-trained anthropologist, ethnologist and tribal activist, who began his career in India as a Christian missionary. Elwin is best known for his early work with the Baigas and Gonds of central India, and he married a Gondi girl. Patangarh, has a population of about 1,200 people,engaged itself in paint-
Almost every family has at least one painter and everything revolves around art. Painting is become a source of livelihood for this village. Young boys and girls of other tribes have also taken to painting as it is a more reliable source of sustainance.
Alirajpur is located on the western Madhya Pradesh, and was formerly princely state .It is a home to Bhil, Bhilala, Rathwa tribes of Madhya Pradesh. Bhils are one the largest indigenous tribes of western India. We visited Bhabra in Alirajpur to meet the Lakhendra Pema Fatya. 70 year old Pema Fatya was the first Lakhendra to on transpose these paintings on paper and canvas.
Painting the Baba Pithora painting itself is a ritual. Pithora paintings are made on the fulfillment of a wish ,for example after a good crop is reaped then the ritual of Pithora is done. The main elements in these paintings are horses—symbolic representations of gods, goddesses and ancestors of the Rathva/Bhil. The painting depicts varied scenes of daily life, their beliefs, mythologies and histories.There are two types of pithora paintings ‘Akho” and “Ardho”.In the Akho the whole painting has about 18 celestial horses with riders and in Ardo there are 5 to 7 seven horses , without riders, excepting the Horse with Baba Ganesh.
If you are one of those travellers who like to go further into the unknown and explore lesser-known places and learn about the local culture, Chhattisgarh is the state you must visit. A place resplendent in natural beauty, local arts and historic ruins dating back to the ancient ages, Chhattisgarh can surprise travellers in many ways.
There are two main tribes present in this area Pando and Korwa, Acording to the myth it is said that they are the direct descendents of the Kauravas and Pandvas from the Mhabharat. The famous dances are Suva , Saila and Karma dance.
Mainpat is a popular tourist attraction. It is also home to a number of Tibetan religious exiles who worship at a temple dedicated to Buddha and manufacture designer mats as well as woolen cloth.
It is located on a plateau and is the home to the Korwa tribe.There is a unique place in a village called Bisar Paani (5 KM before mainpat on right side of road going from ambikapur to mainpat) where water flows upstream
Warli tribe is located in Dahanu and towards the northern side of Bombay in India. In the past the Warli tribals were cultivators and hunter gathers. Married women traditionally paint the “Lagna Chauk”(Marriage Square) on the interior of the wall of the house of the bride before a marriage. The paint comprises of rice powder and and the base is mud wall covered with cow dung or red mud.
The painting itself comprises of a square and the central goddess “Palghat” who denotes fertility, the painting also depicts the moon , sun , a comb and ladder. Sometimes the “Suhasini” (women painter) adds the musical instrument called” Tarpa” to the square. Each of the above have a significance in the Warlis.
Warli painting got prominence only in the early 1970’s, when Jivya Mashe started painting on paper and cloth , these paintings were not ritualistic paintings .This was done to supplement the farming income. Jivya thus broke the gender based tradition and converted into an method for sustainable income.
Today, there are many artists practicing this art .It has become a way of life for most villages practicing this art. A number of Warli folklores and myths have been depicted on paper, canvas and cloth.
The paintings consist of humans, birds, animals and dances ,hunting scenes, village life, dances ,festivals and farming. The human and animal bodies are made by two inverted triangles .The colour palette is very basic with two colours. Cow dung or red mud is used for the base and the rice powder for drawing the figures.In present times , artists have started using Acrylic paint for longevity of the painting.
Artists like Jivya Mashe, Shantaram Tumbada, Reena Valvi and Anil Vangad have represented their art and culture at various international exhibitions held in USA, France, UK and Japan.