The Santhal folk art, drawn by the Santhal tribes living in Bengal, is a folk art with a particular style of their own. Here we see paintings where the tribes are in musical procession or illustrations of other simple themes like harvest, family life, and rituals of their life. The Santhals paint in Pata or cloth, they form the scrolls which unfurl to tell a story, take the paintings from village to village not to sell their paintings but to get money in form of donations by singing songs based on the stories. These songs are known as Pater Gaan. Santhals earlier used natural colours which were prepared from various leaves and flowers. 

Rooftop brings together Santhal Art Workshop with Manju Bhatia.

About The Artist

Manju is an eminent Indian artist who has expertise in various art forms such as Pichwai, Madhubani and Santhal. She has gained recognition for her contribution to the field of art and has conducted various workshops.

The Workshop Began

Manju greeted all the participants and thanked the host for the lovely introduction. She first started drawing four birds, a tree, an animal, fishes a woman and a man playing a musical instrument on her canvas. She first started colouring the first woman in red colour, birds in red and blue colour. Manju then coloured the basket green colour and the musical instrument yellow colour. Bhatia showed her Santhal artworks to all the participants.

She concluded the artwork by outlining the bird and the remaining characters.

Towards The End Of The Workshop

Manju made a beautiful Santhal Art as it was colourful and aesthetically pleasing. She painted two women and some fish. She painted them in blue and red colour. The birds were painted in red and green colour. All the attendees showed their co-created Santhal Art to Manju. Manju showed all her colourful and aesthetic Santhal Paintings.

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. 

On this note, here’s us signing off until next time!

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