Art of the Soil

Warli art from Maharashtra,Gond art from Madhya Pradesh,Pithora art from Gujarat and Saura art from Orissa — an assortment of tribal paintings from various states is giving art lovers in the city an opportunity to immerse themselves.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: October 3, 2013 2:55:45 am

Warli art from Maharashtra,Gond art from Madhya Pradesh,Pithora art from Gujarat and Saura art from Orissa — an assortment of tribal paintings from various states is giving art lovers in the city an opportunity to immerse themselves. An exhibition of such works,titled “Adi Chitra”,which has been organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED),is on display at Darpan Art Gallery,Gokhalenagar,till October 8.

“We have taken this exhibition across the country. We have been exhibiting tribal art in Mumbai for the past two years and have brought ‘Adi Chitra’ to Pune for the first time,” says C H V Ramakrishna,Deputy Manager,TRIFED.

The aim of the exhibition is to promote tribal art. “The tribal art scene thrives in the country and reflects a part of our culture that these artists have kept alive,” says Ramakrishna. He adds,“But they face hurdles when it comes to marketing their works. These artists focus primarily on their skills but a lack of requisite knowledge in marketing hinders the opening up new of channels for their works.”

This is where TRIFED steps in,helping in circulating their tribal artwork from various parts of the country. “The paintings will be put on sale and the proceeds will go to the painters who created the respective works,” says Ramakrishna. The exhibition also comes with a special feature. “We have arranged for these artists to offer live demonstrations at the venue. Art lovers in the city can come and watch them create their works and get an insight into the various techniques they employ to create these primordial masterpieces,” adds Ramakrishna.

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