Monkey- tree- bird: GOND ART BY SAROJ VENKAT SHYAM
Size : Medium
Dimensions : H-1.8 W-1.2ft. I H-22 W-15 inches
Medium : Acrylic Colors on Paper
Saroj is an acclaimed exponent of the Pardhan Gond tribal style of painting since 2002. She has participated in several festivals and workshops of tribal art within and outside India, including SPICMACAY workshops hosted in Bhopal, Nagpur and Surat. Her paintings have been displayed in several prestigious galleries in India and overseas, including Craft museum New Delhi, Lalit kala Akademi, Rebecca Hossack Gallery (London), Coomaraswamy Hall Shivaji Museum (Mumbai), and Miller Art Gallery (Virginia, USA). Her paintings have been featured in collections at Selu Conservancy (Redford University, Virginia USA), John Bowles (art historian, USA), Dr. Roma Chatterji (art historian, Delhi), Dr. Aurogeeta Das (art critic, London), among others in India and overseas.
Songs of the Forests
The living traditions of Gond paintings -
In the depths of Madhya Pradesh, India, beats the heart of the Gonds- a tribe as old as time. As the community bard (singers) or Pardhan invokes their Great God- Bada Deo- while playing the Bana instrument, he fulfills the crucial task of keeping alive the legendary tales of the ancient Gond kings. Every story, song, dance, and painting brings the community together in a shared celebration of nature and the universe.
The Gond tribe has several branches or gotras, each with its own story of origin. The Pardhans, they say, are descended from the youngest of seven Gond brothers who became a priest and a storyteller on the instruction of Bada Deo.
As the ancient tribal fable unfolds in the 21st century, the gond artist’s vivid paintings narrate tales of their faiths and beliefs, world view, their visual expression and sense of identity - both as a collective , and as individuals. Vibrant colours and animated motifs filled with intricate patterns of dots and dashes bring their mythical jungle to life. Trees, animals, birds, the sky, water, and earth sway and dance to the rhythm of the Pardhan’s tunes and brush strokes.
Gond traditions and fables are a reflection of man’s close connection with his natural surroundings. The Gond painting transports you to the seamless world of the imaginative and the surprising.