15 November 2022
REFLECTION OF TRIBES
OPS Art Gallery is organising a group art exhibition Reflection of Tribes (An Indian Folk and Tribal Art Exhibition) from 17th November 2022 till 23rd November 2022 (10.30 am till 7.30 pm)
OPEN PALM COURT GALLERY/ INDIA HABITAT CENTRE/ LODHI ROAD/ NEW DELHI
CURATOR / KIRAN KETHLINE MOHAN
INAUGURATION ON 17 NOVEMBER 2022
Inauguration of the show by the Honourable Chief Guest –Padma Vibhushan, Dr. Sonal Mansingh, M.P. Rajya sabha.
Guest of Honour – Ms. Neera Misra (Author, Chairperson- Settler, Draupadi Dream Trust)
Anil Chaityavangad, Bhuri Bai, D. Pavan, Durga Bai Vyam, Gariba Singh Tekam, Kalpana Chitrakar, Manoj Kumar Tekam, Mayank Shyam, Nankusiya Shyam, Pooman Katoch, Praveen Joshi, Putli Ganju, Ram Singh Urveti, Roshni Shyam, Subhash Vyam, Sunil Shyam Moti, Vijay Ukey and many more.
Displayed in this exhibition are various forms of folk and tribal art like – Warli Tribal Painting, Gond Tribal Painting, Kalamkari, Phad painting, Hazaribagh Tribal Painting, Bengal Patachitra, Bhil Tribal Painting, Rautawa Painting, Leather Puppet Art, Kerala Mural Painting, Sanjhi Art, Kangra Miniature painting, Cheriyal Painting, Saura Painting and Bhuta Masks.
“India in its diverse nature has its own interesting conventional and social characteristics and each of its regions have their own local style and community workmanship rustic in nature and each creation has a story to tell. The true craftsmanship is carried from generations down to create a legacy for itself and a showcasing of creative vitality. Despite the fact that these folk and tribal forms have seen a transformation in its mediums, designs, adoption of modern methods of creating different surfaces, gathering inspiration from the surroundings etc. to cite perfect examples of ‘traditional modernity’.
Not very far back the pandemic has taught us the harsh lessons, what once we saw in old fiction movies. Didn’t we actually live it? With masks. And Bhuta Mask tradition dates back to pre-Hindu ritualistic tradition. In folklore, they are dead benevolent spirits who become a guardian of their worshippers, used as a prop in the performances or as means of communication between the spirits and the devotees. The Bhuta cult is quite popular in South,” says the Curator of the show, Kiran Kethline Mohan.