VANYA PRAKASHAN – a publishing unit of State Department of Tribal Welfare - will showcase indigenous folk paintings of Gond artists at Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi from September 16 to 21.
On the occasion, a 210-page coffee table book ‘Jangad Kalam’ about details of the tradition, folklore, religious rituals and folk-tales related to paintings would be released by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The painting exhibition of 41 artists including late Janghan Singh Shyam, his son Mayank Shyam, Bhajju Shyam and others, will be held in five art galleries in Delhi.
“The art form has flourished in the past 25 years, which is mostly due to Janghan Shyam and the main centre of work is Patangarh in Dindori district,” said Swaraj Sansthan director Shriram Tiwari. He said the objective of the initiative was to preserve, promote and showcase the specialised tribal Gond art form.
The book priced at Rs 2,500, which has been scripted by Udayan Bajpai and has photographs by Vivek, includes a large number of pictures and resumes of artists belonging to Shyam’s extended family. A chronology has also been provided for information about three generations of Shyams.
In the book, published by Vanya, Bajpai has made references to ‘Vishnudharmottar Puran’ and said that though art was an independent force, it was not absolutely independent.
He says that while making a portrait or an idol, knowledge of painting, music, dance, theatre, poetry and language is a must.
The Gond form of painting has motifs like fish, snakes, birds, animals and trees etc depicted via dots, lines, circles and attractive colours.
They are based on folk tales. Minister for Tribal Welfare Kunwar Vijay Shah would preside over the function. Tiwari said the paintings were likely to be put on sale with prices ranging between Rs 3,000 and Rs 50,000.