The Gondwana ArtRoom – A Colorful Story of Tribal Odisha Organised by Detour Odisha
A Colorful Story unfolded at “The Gondwana Artroom” on Friday as art enthusiasts trickled in between the monsoon showers and sunshine to participate in the Live Gond Tribal Art Workshop organised by Detour Odisha !
Brief History :
‘Gondwana’ was the name given to an ancient super continent . Now its a region of India named after the Gondi people who live there . The Gonds are among the largest tribes in Central India. Though predominantly centered in Madhya Pradesh, they are present in significant numbers in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The word “Gond” comes from the Dravidian expression kond, meaning “the green mountain.” The recorded history of the Gond people goes back 1400 years, but considering that they inhabit areas where rock paintings dating to the Mesolithic have been found, their antecedents probably date back even further. Many of the Gonds customs echo that of their Mesolithic forbearers. An obvious example of this is the custom of decorating the walls of their houses, an activity that may originate in cave-dwelling traditions of their ancestors.
Gond Art :
Gond Art works are considered as offerings in worship of Nature. The artists use natural colors derived from charcoal, coloured soil, plant sap, leaves, and cow dung. Created by putting together dots and imaginative use of the line imparts a sense of movement to the still images. One of the distinctive elements is the use of signature patterns that are used to infill the larger forms on the canvas. In the eyes of a Gond artist, everything is sacred and intimately connected to nature. Thus, the unique oral narrative tradition of the Gonds is reflected in their paintings as well. The work of Gond artists is rooted in their folk tales and culture, and thus story-telling is a strong element of every painting. However every artist today has a personal style and has developed a specific language within these narratives creating a richness of aesthetic forms and styles.
The Workshop :
In the Artroom Gond youth artists from Keonjhar and Nabarangpur were part of the Workshop and the city dwellers were thrilled to meet and interact with the local community of Artists . The day started with participants trying their best to sketch plant , animal motifs which inspire Gond Art . It was a treat to fill in colorful signature patterns into them . Peacocks , birds , fishes and reptiles , tribal gods , mountains , trees and more ! Such were the themes that inspired our participants to draw and breathe colour into ! The Workshop was a fun and interactive event with a primary message to spread awareness about this ancient tribal art form of Odisha as the mystical aura of this Art beckons one and all !
We thank our loving youth artists from the tribal areas for joining us and guiding the participants throughout the Workshop. It was a treat knowing them and their colourful tribal art and culture !
‘Kalamani ‘ Bhramarbar Nayak Ji – National Award Winner | Mentor and Guru to these Gond Youth Artists supervised the entire event and gave amazing insights on Gond Art to all the participants . Mr Abishek Mahananda of ‘Blue Voda’ | A Product of Union Foods Pvt Ltd – sponsored an awesome Art Kit for each of the 19 Gond Tribal Artists as part of their CSR Initiative . This goodwill gesture would definitely encourage them to recreate more and more such artwork and masterpieces .
Gond art comes with the belief that a good image brings good luck and the future of Gond Art in Odisha looks as vibrant and colourful as its paintings ! Next time when you visit an art/craft exhibition make sure you check out the rich and vibrant colourful GOND Art paintings of Odisha !!!