Today’s guest post is by Prachi Garg.
India is a land of rich culture and heritage. Yet, several of its art forms are lesser known outside of the country. Gond art is such art form, which is fondly practiced by Gond tribes from Madhya Pradesh.
The word Gond originates from the Dravidian expression kond, which means “The Green Mountain.” This art form primarily uses the colors of nature along with the everyday quest for life. Through Gond paintings, the Gonds primarily show celebrations, human relationships, and much more. The artists are usually inspired by the belief that happy images bring good luck to the family, and hence they paint their walls in vivid colorful images that relate to the stories. The artists use a series of dots, dashes and lines arranged meticulously to depict the story. As they create the paintings, the artists are very careful with adding these lines, dots, and dashes to convey the sense of movement in the artwork.
What is more beautiful with this story-telling art is the vivid use of colors. Gonds use bright colors like white, blues, red, yellow and more, and all of them are derived naturally from plants, soil, charcoal and even cow dung. The government is helping out these artists by recognizing them on global level, and helping this art to reach to their fans.
Share in the comments about lesser-known art that inspired you during your travels or about art that inspires you at home. What makes it so unique, in which ways do you think others can learn about it more, and how does it affect you?
Prachi Garg is the founder of @ghoomophiro, a traveler, a writer and a foodie. You can learn more about her book via: Superwomen: Inspiring stories of 20 Entrepreneurs. And, be sure to visit her site, http://www.ghoomophiro.com.