A Chicken in Gond by Manoj Tekam

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Dimensions : H-22 | W-15 inches
Medium : Natural Colors on Paper

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In Manoj Tekam's traditional Gond painting, the lively presence of a chicken cock, with its wings spread wide and beak open in a vibrant cacophony, emerges against a backdrop of intricate black and white patterns. This depiction resonates deeply with the essence of Gond art, where nature serves as both subject and muse. The chicken cock symbolizes the vitality and energy of the natural world, while its open wings suggest a sense of freedom and interconnectedness with the environment. Through meticulous details and masterful strokes, Tekam captures the essence of the chicken cock's presence, highlighting the intricate beauty that exists within even the simplest of creatures.
Nature holds profound significance in Gond art, reflecting the deep spiritual connection that the Gondi people have with their surroundings. The portrayal of the chicken cock in Tekam's painting exemplifies this connection, as it stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of life that exists within the natural world. The meticulous details in the painting, from the intricate patterns on the chicken cock's feathers to the delicate curvature of its wings, showcase Tekam's skill and dedication to preserving the cultural heritage of the Gondi tribe. Gond art originated as a form of ritualistic expression among the indigenous Gondi people of central India. Using natural materials like charcoal and plant-based pigments, artists would create elaborate designs on the walls of their homes and other surfaces, drawing inspiration from their surroundings and cultural traditions. Over time, Gond art evolved into a means of storytelling and cultural preservation, with artists like Manoj Tekam continuing to draw upon traditional motifs and themes while infusing their work with contemporary elements. Through their art, Gond artists celebrate the interconnectedness of all life forms and the enduring bond between humanity and the natural world, ensuring that the legacy of Gond art remains vibrant and relevant for generations to come.

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Manoj Kumar Tekam, a dedicated Gond artist hailing from Dindori, Madhya Pradesh, has been immersed in the vibrant world of Gond art since 2011, learning the intricate techniques from his brother, Bhajju Singh Shyam, a Padma Shree awardee renowned in the field. Keeping the tradition alive within his family, Manoj's daughter and wife also practice Gond art, while his younger brother is currently learning the craft. Despite completing his education up to the 10th grade, Manoj's true passion lies in the mesmerizing strokes of Gond art, which have earned him prestigious awards such as the Rajya Award in Madhya Pradesh and the Kala Rupankar Award in Bhopal, among others.

Manoj's creative journey extends beyond traditional mediums, as he explores innovative avenues to showcase Gond art's timeless charm. From adorning walls and canvases to intricately painting on everyday items like t-shirts, sarees, and coasters, he seamlessly blends traditional motifs with modern narratives. Despite facing language barriers and initial skepticism, Manoj's unwavering determination and belief in his craft have propelled him forward. Inspired by his mentor's perseverance and dedication, Manoj strives to not only excel in his artistic endeavors but also to uplift and inspire budding artists, ensuring that the rich legacy of Gond art continues to flourish for generations to come.


Gond art is a traditional form of painting practiced by the Gond tribal communities of central India, primarily in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It is characterized by its vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and depictions of nature, animals, and tribal life. From peacocks, and elephants, to an ant, each creation tells a story and reflects the close relation of the Gond people with their environment. Artists use fine lines and dots to create elaborate motifs, often incorporating elements of folklore, mythology, and spirituality into their designs. The art form was passed down orally from generation to generation, with artists using natural materials like leaves, mud, and charcoal to create elaborate designs on walls, floors, and other surfaces. Details According to Gond mythology, the art of painting originated from the Gondi deity, Devi Maoli. It is believed by the Gond people that Devi Maoli taught the first Gond artist, the secrets of painting during a dream. Since then, Gond art has been considered a sacred form of expression by its practitioners. Gond people believe that good images are the harbinger of good luck so they decorate their houses with traditional motifs. Gond art has gained international recognition for its unique aesthetic appeal and cultural significance. An interesting fact about Gond is that each artist has a distinctive signature style. For them, the ethos of life is a mixture of myth and reality, of organic and inorganic forms.  

Product Details

A Chicken in Gond by Manoj Tekam
Manoj Tekam
Art Style
Natural Colors
22 in(H) X 15 in(W)
Tree of Life
Country of Origin
Madhya Pradesh, India

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