22nd April 2016, Friday
GOND PAINTING WORKSHOP
by Gond Master Artist Ramesh Tekam
Gyaan Adab offered the opportunity to create one’s own painting in a Gond painting workshop by the accomplished Gond artist Ramesh Tekam.
The Gonds are among the largest tribes in Central India, numbering about four million. They paint their walls with vibrant depictions of local flora, fauna and gods such as Marahi Devi and Phulvari Devi. Traditionally made on festive occasions, Gond paintings depict various celebrations, rituals and man’s relationship with nature. The artists use natural colors derived from charcoal, coloured soil, plant sap, leaves, and cow dung.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ramesh Tekam is an accomplished Gond artist from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Painting professionally for over twenty years, his works are mostly depictions of nature, done in the characteristic colourful and detailed Gond style. Many of his works centre on the elephant. In the Museum of Mankind at IGRMS, Bhopal, his huge blue elephant instantly captures the visitor’s eye. With his bold strokes and use of vibrant colour Ramesh Tekam paints the different species of animals that he saw while growing up.
The video link for this workshop will be put up soon!