Buy tribal art from Jharkhand

Dec 19, 2011, 06:44 IST | Soma Das

The first half of the month saw Aadi Chitra, an exhibition of tribal paintings from Gujarat, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, being organised at The Nehru Centre.
In the second half of the month, art lovers can splurge on tribal art from Jharkhand, which features paintings known as Khovar and Sohrai, made by women artists from Hazaribagh.

These paintings are considered auspicious symbols related to fertility and are usually painted on walls during the harvest or marriage season.
Based on the occasion, different techniques come into play. In Khovar art, which is etched during marriages, the process involves applying a coat of paint and letting it dry, after which designs are made with a plastic or bamboo comb or with the four fingers of the hand. Sohrai is the winter harvest art and involves painting with cloth swabs or chewed Saal twigs.
These paintings are considered similar to the pre-historic rock art and pottery markings of Harappa. The exhibition is being sponsored by NGOs from Jharkhand and Proceeds from the sale  will go towards charity.

From December 20 to 23, 11 am to 7 pm
At Cymroza Art Gallery, 72 Bhulabhai Desai Road.
Call 23671983

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