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Folk tradition in Indian art
Folk tradition in Indian art

Ragamala Chakraborty
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India is a land of more than 600 communities which have their distinctive cultural ethos. How important is the folk tradition in Indian art

Posted On : 4/2/2009 6:10:18 AM

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Priyadarshini Misra
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Folk and tribal art in India takes on different manifestations through varied medium such as pottery, painting, metalwork, paper-art, weaving and designing of objects such as jewelery and toys. Often puranic gods and legends are transformed into contemporary forms and familiar images. Fairs, festivals, and local deities play a vital role in these arts. It is an art where life and creativity are inseparable. The tribal arts have a unique sensitivity, as the tribal people possess an intense awareness very different from the settled and urbanized people. Their minds are supple and intense with myth, legends, snippets from epic, multitudinous gods born out of dream and fantasy. Their art is an expression of their life and holds their passion and mystery. Folk art also includes the visual expressions of the wandering nomads. This is the art of people who are exposed to changing landscapes as they travel over the valleys and highlands of India. They carry with them the experiences and memories of different spaces and their art consists of the transient and dynamic pattern of life. The rural, tribal and arts of the nomads constitute the matrix of folk expression. The folk spirit has a tremendous role to play in the development of art and in the overall consciousness of indigenous cultures. The Taj Mahal, the Ajanta and Ellora caves have become world famous. The Taj Mahal is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Gajavidala Warli tribe Dhokra Craft

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Anvaya
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Another very popular form of art is the Warli Art works which are practiced by a tribal community of Maharashtra. They show high degrees of abstraction, where the lateral space is covered by abstract constructs and designs. Design based art works without any specific motif are also practiced by the Banni tribes of Gujrat and the tribes of Jharkhand. Not all the folk arts and crafts are entirely Indian in their origin. Some of the crafts and techniques have been imported from the Orient like the Batik. But these have now been Indianised and Indian Batik is now a matured Art, immensely popular and expensive.

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Chetan Juneja
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the very prime aspect of this cultural plurality is reflected in the Folk Art forms in India. And many these art forms are done with such finesse and style that many of these are entering the Art market with prices that only high quality fine art can command. Gond art, santhal art, warli art, patachirta, kalighat patua chitra are all the examples of folk art. Not all the folk arts and crafts are entirely Indian in their origin. Some of the crafts and techniques have been imported from the Orient like the Batik. But these have now been Indianised and Indian Batik is now a matured Art, immensely popular and expensive.

Posted On : 4/6/2009 4:22:58 AM

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