Warli tribals and their art

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India has a rich tradition of folk arts the custodians of which are the many tribes that live in the interiors of various states. Warli painting, named after the tribe that evolved it, is one such highly-popular art-form. The Warli tribals are forest-dwellers but have made a gradual transition towards being a pastoral community. They reside in the West coast of Northern Maharastra. A large concentration is found in the Thane district, off Mumbai. A little backward economically, they still maintain their indigenous customs and traditions. The growing popularity and commercialisation of the Warli painting has seen the uplift of many tribals and they are increasingly becoming integrated with the mainstream. Their marriage traditions are unique to their culture and are a subject matter of avid interest for anthropology students.
Warli paintings The Warli style of painting evolved from its mural form. Even today, it is a tradition with the Warlis to decorate the mud walls of the huts with paintings made in rice paste. The painting on paper is a fall-out of commercialisation. The Warlis indulge in this activity during festivals, on community occasions such as harvesting or rituals such as weddings. They draw inspiration from everyday lives for their themes. Thus, a typical Warli painting will have a village landscape with farms, trees and domestic animals. Farmers cultivating land and marriage ceremonies are other oft-repeated themes. Nowadays, these paintings are made on hand-made paper, usually green or brown, the colour of mud-walls with or without the cow-dung, with white paint. The paintings are simple line drawings, mere outlines with little or no detailing. The human figures in a Warli painting are simple, yet stylish – easy even for a child to master.
Everyday themes While, traditionally the paintings were exclusively farm scenes with huts, off-late modern elements have started creeping in. Cityscapes with its vehicles, schools and other contemporary themes are making way to keep pace with the world outside their community – a bit of a sell-out to draw attention, possibly. But largely, these paintings with traditional themes are still a big draw, both domestically and internationally. These paintings are not too expensive, but some artistes who have made a name for themselves do come up with top draw exclusive paintings, which may be a little steeply-priced.
Quintessential Maharashtra In Maharashtra, many of its tourism buses and offices are adorned with Warli paintings giving it a status of an official symbol. A lot of merchandise – T-shirts, coasters, linen come with Warli designs and motifs and do brisk sales through exhibitions and tourist outlets. Many schools in Maharashtra take workshops in Warli painting for children. You will find Warli paintings on walls of some five-star hotels in Mumbai, too.

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about us AYUSH is self volunteer group of professionals who wants to take initiative to develop & unified our tribal community for future competitions our basic aims are - To bring together all individuals, groups, organizations and initiatives that believe in innovation and development of tribal’s, and to translate their energies into achievements that impact the way and quality of life and society - To connect peoples from different professions & locations with them form knowledge pool for knowledge & experience sharing - To guide/help rural students for their career & future with the help of knowledge pool - To create awareness about business opportunities & employment in rural areas - To connect the rural & urban peoples to update about the future trends & competitions - create confidence among tribal’s & make prepare for future competitions - create awareness about art & culture, promote to preserve art & culture with considering modern lifestyle - to promote strong unity under single tribal banner & remove subtribism in tribal community - remove the dependency & make tribal youth self dependant, confident & successful - To create awareness about use of latest technology in regular life & for social activates our vision A – Ambition of Growth Y – Youth Power U – Unity of Adivasi S – Surety of Support H – Helping Hand Always why we are here? - To utilize our peoples talented, skill & knowledge to help/guide tribal students for their bright future - To connect the peoples from different locations to our community & have good communication between rural & urban peoples - To act as stage for those who wants to something for our community & to translate their energy for developing our community - We are enjoying Satisfaction of having tried To make a difference and the pride of being & making a successful tribal how we can do ? - Connecting different peoples [by internet, mail, sms, forums, etc] - Communication & discussion with all connected peoples [peoples, professionals & students] - Conducting different programs [career guidance, educational guidance, art seminar, cultural festival, debate, etc] - These programs will create confidence among tribal’s which will help to ensure our success we expect - The peoples connected by internet are expected to guide & support our mission & activities - The rural peoples & professionals are expected to support & arrange different programs at local level connect with us - Our aim is to reach each & every tribal’s, we will be happy if you help us

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