Ganja Mahua Tree: Gond Art Painting by Venkat Shyam
The story of a Brahman (upper caste) girl and a Chamar (lower caste) boy- when they fell in love, society does not accept them so they renounced everything and went into the forest and later they are reborn as Mahua and Ganja trees. So it is said that don't drink Ganja and Mahua drinks together as they can never be together.
Gond paintings are a form of painting from folk and tribal art that is practiced by one of the largest tribes in India with whom it shares its name. Gond comes from the Dravidian expression, Kong which means ‘the green mountain’. According to the Gond belief system, each and everything whether it is a hill, river, rock or a tree is inhabited by a spirit and, consequently, is sacred. So the Gond people paint them as a form of respect and reverence. These paintings are a reflection of man’s close connection with his natural surroundings.
Venkat Raman Singh Shyam was 10 when he picked up pieces of charcoal and adorned every inch of the walls of his home and scraps of newspaper with sketches of all that he saw in his village. Born into a Gond Pardhan family in Sejohra village of Madhya Pradesh, Venkat has entrenched himself in the world of Art for the last 4 decades. Training under his uncle, famed Gond artist late Jangarh Singh Shyam, Venkat learnt to develop his own unique style while visually narrating ancient tales of his community and modern-day scenes of the world around him.
A painting in Gond Art on paper by Venkat Shyam.
- Size 22 by 22 inches
- Acrylic on paper
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