Rock Metal Dhokra

Founder of Devrai Village, Mandakini Mathur, opens the exhibition, along with Randhir Khare

Founder of Devrai Village, Mandakini Mathur, opens the exhibition, along with Randhir Khare

Devrai Art Village showcased their unique art in an exhibition at Gyaan Adab. The dhokra art pieces displayed were created by artisans with a contemporary twist. Rock dhokra and pot dhokra, molten metal murals and organic casting - all the artifacts have a distinctive creation process.

Devrai Art Village is an NGO that works towards sustaining adivasi art, culture, and a way of life that is fast disappearing. They create a space where modern design ideas can be incorporated into indigenous arts and crafts, creating quality artifacts truly Indian in spirit but universal in appeal.

Distinctive wall hangings and Indian puppets, showpieces of different animals and real leaves cast in a metal mold were some of the original works of art exhibited. At the entrance, a statement piece created from a real tree greeted the visitors. There was also a screening of a short film that explained the evolution of Dhokra art and the Devrai Art Village. Visitors gathered to see a demonstration of the process and to understand the uniqueness of contemporary dhokra art.

A statement piece created from a real tree

A statement piece created from a real tree

Distinctive puppets and wall art made by the artisans

Distinctive puppets and wall art made by the artisans

Suresh explaining the process of dhokra art to an interested audience

Suresh explaining the process of dhokra art to an interested audience

Real leaves are cast in a metal mold to create unique, original art.

Real leaves are cast in a metal mold to create unique, original art.

Dhokra art inspired by nature and natural elements

Dhokra art inspired by nature and natural elements