Kankali Mata Gond Painting by Rajendra Shyam

Devi Kali Maa is also referred to as Kankali Mata in various regions across India, especially Central India. Her name is also derived from the Kankali temple. The word Kankal means skeleton and Maa Kali. It is said that when asura sena attacked Maa Durga who is known for her calm and smiling face, turned into Ma Kali due to the fury and agitation and held their heads. Her anger was so extreme that the whole body dried up and only a skeleton remained.

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.

DETAILS

  • Size: 3 x 4.5 feet
  • Acrylic on canvas 
  • Price is for unframed painting and painting would be sent without a frame
  • The image shown here is representative to help visualise the painting in a home setting and not an actual framed image
  • COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings and artworks
  • This painting will be made to order and will take 3-4 weeks
  • Certificate of Authentication will be provided
  • Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat.

• The image shown here is representative to help visualize the painting in a home setting. Price specified is for unframed painting and the painting would be sent without a frame unless specified otherwise in the description.
• All paintings are mostly made to order and take 2-3 weeks
• COD cannot be accepted as a payment option for paintings
• Certificate of Authentication will be provided
• Please write to us at yosha.gupta@memeraki.com for any customisation in size or ping us on the website chat


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Gond

 

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.

 

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