Browsing through the infinite sea of Indian art may trigger a question about its fascinating relationship with the Indian Tribes. Because the legacy of Indian art is carried by the Indian tribes. Astonishing, right? We are not just bluffing this! Indian tribes are truly the backbone of Indian art. Hence Rooftop has adequate reasons to prove it and we are going to list some known art forms that you weren’t aware of as tribal art!

Relationship Between Indian Art And Tribes Of India!

Thinking of tribal art and the first art that crosses anybody’s mind is the globally acclaimed Warli art by the Warli tribe of Maharashtra. But Warli is just the beginning of what Indian tribes have to offer. 

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Tribal art is usually recognised by the themes revolving around nature, folktales, daily lifestyles and illustrating mythical elements. Tribes have a deep-rooted connection with the place they live. They cherish their lineage in form of the art they present. They corroborate the painting is more nature-oriented. Indian tribes hold their culture with great significance. Thus they have a resounding relationship with their artworks. These paintings are not just mere pieces of self-exploration, the art has more exhaustive pertinence to the people. 

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The word ‘Tribal’ represents a social group, comprising of series of groups, families, and clans. Wherein their way of life still shows a particular deep-rooted heritage and connection to an ancient past. Members of a specific tribal community produce artefacts and objects called ‘Tribal art’. The name Adivasis are used in some of the states to direct some of the tribal people expressing the meaning that people who have lived here from the beginning or from the earliest times. 

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In India, there are millions of tribal people living and flourishing in the states of Madhya Pradesh, eastward to Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, and North-eastern states such as Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. There are some more diminutive groups of tribal people who reside in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Mysore, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh,

What Makes Tribal Art Unique?

Native occupants of forest design tribal art. The art depicts the initial expressions of humankind. Like a face painted on rock using natural dyes, mud and dung, shapes cut into firestone, decorated in wood and clay, painting the walls and thresholds. These spoke the stories of deities, myths, demons, and the rituals practised. 

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The Indian tribes pay due respect to life, harvest, journey, jubilation, marriage, nature or beliefs. They have great regard for Mother Nature. Distinctively life and creativity are fused. Each painting speaks of different stories. The painting picturises the vivid imaginations and emotions of the artist. Tribal art is rich in expressions. It is a living form of modernisation which makes it an indispensable part of Indian culture. The art has an astounding range of diversity and glamour. 

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Indian Tribes And The World

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With the growing closeness between the world and India, it is essential to portray the rich tribal culture on the global platform. Through the solemn efforts of Indian tribes, the art has found some ray of recognition but not truly the renown it deserves. 

Indian tribes co-exist in harmony with nature and are successful in preserving their culture and resources. It is the responsibility of each of us to take our tribal art on a much bigger scale. The Prime Minister initiated the step by presenting the prestigious tribal art pieces to foreign personalities. Lalit Kala Akademi from Chennai organised a week-long Tribal Art Conclave. 

Rooftop is bridging the gap between the world and Indian art to make it more consumable. We offer maestro courses and virtual art workshops. 

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