Exhibition showcases Indian folk and tribal art forms

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Two leading art galleries, Exhibit320 and Blueprint12, have come together to create a platform for Folk and Tribal Art. The exhibition resulting from this collaboration offers an invitation to the viewer to discover other regions and artists that epitomize the incomparable diversity of contemporary tribal and popular Indian art.

Titled “Given power – From tradition to contemporary,” the exhibition will open to public on Friday. It will showcase narratives from various genres of Indian folk and tribal art and engage the viewer by demonstrating their dynamic nature and their evolution in tandem with the socio-cultural environment and the transformation in building traditions as seen in recent times.

“We propose to exhibit these narratives from various genres of Indian folk & tribal art and engage the viewer by demonstrating their dynamic nature, their evolution in tandem with the socio-cultural environment and the transformation in building traditions as seen in recent times,” said Rasika Kajaria, founder of Exhibit320.

Some of the artists showcasing their talent include Bhuri Bai, one of the finest contemporary Bhil artists; Balu Jivya Mashe and Sadashiv Soma Mashe, the sons of the renowned Warli artist Jivya Soma Mashe; and Kalam Patua, who is one of the foremost figures of patachitra painting who revived the art of kalighat painting in the modern times.

“Under this banner, our mission is to create a platform for folk and tribal artists to present their work and their perspectives. We are exhibiting master folk artists and their immediate apprentices. Master Folk Artists demonstrate superior levels of craftsmanship and creativity, often introducing new materials and innovations that express both traditional and contemporary imagery and values. In this way, traditional folk art forms evolve as dynamic living traditions,” added Mandira Lamba, co-founder of Blueprint 12.

The show also marks the launch of the tribalartforms.com website. It will be an online platform for selling art that connects the artist with the art enthusiast and acts as a one stop shop.

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