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Indian Folk arts


Indian Folk art, which is the term used to refer to artistic expressions made by hand, continues to be relevant and popular in India even today. The art forms are not only practiced by rural folk but also enjoyed by city dwellers. Indian folk art is an important cultural tradition in India. It has been passed down through generations and is deeply connected to the culture of this country. Folk art also has a special connection with the rural communities in India.

Indian folk art is a country’s heritage and can be representative of the culture and history of that country. It is the most original work of art because it is born out of the soul of the people. Indian folk arts are culturally based art forms that are handed down through generations. These traditional art forms include music, dancing, puppetry, storytelling, and much more. This is a very unique feature of Indian Art and Culture.

Traditional Indian Folk art is a term that refers to the artwork of people who are not professional artists. Folk arts are artistic traditions that originated in a common context and were passed down through generations by being taught informally, this is so much the heart of our Indian Art and Culture.

I always love folk arts and want to practice.  Trying some of them.

Warli (Maharashtra state)

Warli painting is a style of tribal art mostly created by the tribal people from the North Sahyadri Range in Maharashtra, India. This tribal art was originated in Maharashtra, where it is still practiced today.

 Jivya Soma Mashe, the artist in Thane district has played a great role in making the Warli paintings more popular. Jivya is known as the modern father of Warli painting. Since the 1970s, Warli painting has moved onto paper and canvas. The style of Warli painting was not recognised until the 1970s, even though the tribal style of art is thought to date back as early as 10th century A.D.

The Warli culture is centred around the concept of Mother Nature and elements of nature. They greatly respect nature and wildlife for the resources that they provide for life.

These rudimentary wall paintings use a set of basic geometric shapes: a circle, a triangle, and a square. These shapes are symbolic of different elements of nature. Warli paintings is surrounded by scenes portraying life style of village people's farming, festivals, Marriage, dances, trees and animals.


Material used for Warli art

Warli artists use their clay huts as the backdrop for their paintings, similar to how ancient people used cave walls as their canvases. The simple pictorial language of Warli painting is matched by a rudimentary technique. The ritual paintings are usually created on the inside walls of village huts. The walls are made of a mixture of branches, earth and red brick that make a red ochre background for the paintings. The Warli only paint with a white pigment made from a mixture of clay paste and water, with gum as a binder. A bamboo stick is chewed at the end to give it the texture of a paintbrush.

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