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Canvasses that take inspiration from nature and age-old tribal art

Gond artist Bhajju Shyam from Madhya Pradesh speaks about his first solo show in the Capital:Maa Matre.The artist, who’s showcased his work in Paris, Germany and the UK, dedicates his collection to his mother and shares his humble beginnings.

art and culture Updated: Nov 13, 2016 11:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Inspired by nature, Gond artist Bhajju Shyam showcases his collection at his first solo show in the Capital.

Captivating visuals combined with easy storytelling lead to canvases that highlight the age-old Gond art. More than 40 works in this traditional style, created by artist Bhajju Shyam, are on display as part of an upcoming exhibition in the city.

Portraying nature through fruit-laden trees, animals and birds, detailed single colour and ink works in black, the artworks are a treat to the eyes. “I wanted to dedicate my first solo show to my mother. Hence the name Matre,” says Shyam, who is exhibiting for the first time in India. He has previously showcased his works in countries such as Paris, UK and Germany.

Also on display is a special series of works in grey, something that the artist has attempted for the first time. Shyam fuses his perceptions of the modern world along with his tribe’s unique visual language. He says, “I never set out to be an artist and would help my mother paint on the walls, as per the Gond tradition. When I was 16, I left my village and came to Bhopal in search of work. I almost took up the job of a watchman, but little did I know that my uncle Jangarh Singh Shyamji’s influence on me would be so strong that I would become an artist.”

Gond artist Bhajju Shyam, whose artworks based on the age-old tribal art form will be on display next week.

His works are also influenced by his upbringing in Pattangarh, Madhya Pradesh. Curated by Anubhav Nath, the show sees Shyam using inherited forms in quite current and expressive ways. He experiments with innovative subjects and new ideas. This works are displayed to promote tribal and traditional arts.


What: Maa Matre
Where: Ojas Art, 1AQ, Qutub Minar, New Delhi
When: November 17- December 11
Timings: 11am - 7pm
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar on Yellow Line

First Published: Nov 13, 2016 11:20 IST