Chitrakaari – The Gond Art

Rejoice sponsored by read and feed is proud to associate with true artisans of the soil. Every Gond painting is piece of tribal history in itself. Rejoice welcomes Gond artists and is proud to partner with Mr Pawan Kumar who represents the artists.

Gond Painting is an expression of the creative instinct of the Gond tribe of central India. They narrate their relationship with their cosmic, natural, social and religious worlds through these paintings, which carry historical evidences of their existence in Gondwana – ‘Land of Gond’ since the pre-Aryan era, in the green mountains of the Godavari gorges in the south to the Vindhya Mountains in the North.

Through these paintings, the traditional culture and religious beliefs of the Gond community started emerging as the cultural identity of the tribe in the early 1980s and travelled from their tribal inhabitations to exhibitions of modern art galleries. The efforts of Jangarh Singh Shyam earned recognition and buyers in various places and platforms across the world. He also trained the next generation of painters so that the ancient culture of expression through paintings, could be kept alive.

In an attempt to re – establish the “Gond painting” on its well-deserved pedestal, Sunil Shayam’s endeavours are worth mentioning. Hailing from a working class family, with parental and financial responsibilities, Sunil didn’t succumb to the difficulties on his path. He had realised his love for painting in his early years but came across a formal training only in the year 2003 after he returned to his village from Amarkantak, where he worked as a labourer for a living.

He was able to receive training due to efforts of Jangarh Singh Shyam. He received no support from his parents when he decided to pursue a career in Gond painting, but things changed with time and from 2004, the immediate next year, he started giving back to his society by organizing workshops, independent trainings for young minds, while at the same time supporting his family financially. His personal growth as an artist has depended on his unshakable determination and rigorous practice. At present Sunil makes his paintings at home and conducts his business through social media platforms and online exhibitions which earns him just enough money to feed himself and his family. He imparts his skills to the younger generations of his village by conducting painting classes for them.

He has also organised workshops in various schools, especially government schools of Delhi and seeks more such invitations. Sunil is well aware of his circumstances and the hardships he is going to face in this journey but he is determined to strive for his art to reach new heights. He believes that his efforts will not bear fruit unless people like us help him spread word. He aspires to achieve international recognition for Gond paintings. He wants to see more and more people taking up such marginalized art forms like Gond painting and collectively take it to national and international fronts. He has a firm belief in the potential of the art and believes that with proper encouragement and marketing this art can provide non-conventional career options for the youth to cherish their talent as well as to harvest India’s long lost or lesser known art form. He urges the younger generation of painters to keep alive their heritage that is on the verge of extinction.

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  1. Nice article about gond art and its importance by Pallavi Pathak. Expecting more blogs on indian traditional art.

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