Vibrant Birds in Gond art 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, vibrant orange birds gracefully take flight against a backdrop of stark black and white, instantly captivating the viewer's gaze with their vivid hues. These birds symbolize the enduring significance of nature within the Gond artform, embodying the spirit of freedom and vitality that resonates deeply within Gondi cultural traditions. Through their elegant movements, the birds serve as a powerful representation of the interconnectedness between humanity and the natural world, echoing the profound spiritual bond that the Gondi people share with their environment. Each intricately depicted bird exudes a sense of energy and motion, accentuating the dynamic harmony inherent in the tapestry of nature.
Tekam's rendition of orange birds against a monochromatic canvas offers a fresh and captivating interpretation of traditional Gond artistry. The meticulous attention to detail evident in the painting underscores the artist's unwavering commitment to preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Gondi community. Originating as a form of ritualistic expression among the indigenous Gondi tribe of central India, Gond art has evolved over time into a vibrant medium for storytelling and cultural preservation. Artists like Manoj Tekam draw inspiration from their cultural roots while embracing contemporary influences, ensuring that Gond art remains a living tradition that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide. This dynamic blend of tradition and innovation ensures the enduring relevance and beauty of Gond art, serving as a testament to the timeless interconnectedness of humanity and the natural world.

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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

Vibrant Birds in Gond art by Manoj Tekam
Manoj Tekam
Art Style
Natural Colors
22 in(H) X 15 in(W)
Tree of Life, Fruits, Birds
Orange, White, Black
Country of Origin
Madhya Pradesh, India

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