Gond painting is a form of painting from folk and tribal art that is practiced by one of the largest tribes in India with whom it shares its name. Gond comes from the Dravidian expression, Kond which means ‘the green mountain’. To help people experience this traditional art form, Rooftop curated a special workshop and invited Anju Varma.
Anju Varma is an IT professional turned art enthusiast. 12 years ago she quit her professional life and started her journey in art. She has done several workshops and exhibitions to date. She believes that art should be very reasonable so that it’s within the reach of a common man, who can experience happiness by owning it. This thought eventually led to the birth of “aartzz_designs’’ wherein, she tries to make a variety of usable things, a few of them being hand-painted dupattas, bags, trays, paintings, jewelry, plates, etc.
Gond Art Workshop Began
Anju started the Gond art workshop with an introduction to the Gond art form. She gave some insights into the historical and cultural background of the art form. She explained how to go about drawing the deer and outlines for the artwork.
Anju showed some tricks which helped even the non-artist participants to follow the process. She also listed the colours where they were going to use for the painting and encouraged everyone to make the painting as colourful as possible.
Towards the End of the Workshop
Anju explained how to add details with the paintbrush and she also cleared all the queries asked by the attendees. The workshop was fun and interactive. The workshop ended with everyone showcasing their beautiful artwork.
The attendees were from different parts of the country. Also, they belonged to different age groups but their love for art brought them together on a single platform. Rooftop as always was successful in connecting artists and curating a magical and positive vibe together.