Sunday, October 21, 2007

Art & Crafts of India #7: Gond Tribal Painting

Gond Tribal Painting is done by Gondi people who live in parts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh & Orissa.

Gondi people pray to various Gods & spirits. These paintings like various other tribal art is done on the walls of the houses. The depiction of their environment in the form of forests, trees, animals, birds is prominent in the paintings. Lord Krishna dancing on the serpent head, part of the Hindu mythology.

Beautiful depiction of animals.Black & White Gond paintings from
Serpent's Head Tree by renowned Gond painter Bhajju Shyam.

Bhajju Shyam's work won a State award in 2001 and today he has illustrated 'The London Jungle Book' by Tara Books.

Lovely art form from the tribal forests of Gond. Amazing colours & intricate workmanship makes it a winner.
Already on my list of 'To-Buy':-)

(images from,,, shot at Chitrakala Parishad )


Anonymous said...

wow!!One more addition to my list of Must see and must buy" too

zobars said...

Wow before I could get to reading your post the first word that came to my mind was INTRICATE. May these wonderful artists keep up with their art.

Vineeta said...

This is completely kickass stuff! And amazingly I havent seen it before! It looks so contemporary. Just love it. Thanx archana for truly showing all of us the unique things that Indian art is all about.

Unknown said...

I have never heard of this style before. Thanks for putting it up here. India is full of such diverse art, is it not? Its amazing.

Anonymous said...

Arch , this is new to many Indians too! Great work!and you do deserve a big thank you for such work. I too had seen just one or two pieces only.
Why Gond tribal painting is not as famous as warli or madhubani?

Archana Srinivas Pottery said...

vinita- Yes, glad you liked it:-)

zobars- I was really amazed how intricate these paintings are:-)

vineeta- Thanks a lot:-)

smita- Thanks:-) India is a treasure trove of various art & crafts and I completely love it:-)

Roma- Thanks:-) Glad you liked it:-)
I got to know of Gond paintings only recently in one of the crafts fair and I kept wondering why such beautiful work was not seen before.
I am glad NGOs like 'Kala Madhyam' and others are working towards crafts revival and hope there is more awareness about such beautiful art/crafts of India:-)

Deepa said...

Do you know where I can buy a large Gond painting in Bombay? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Unknown said...

Lovely,thanks a lot.

farah ahmed said...

your blog is an excellent learning experience. i love to visit it. i thought i will leave a comment on it. please do keep up the good work

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