Warli art “a vivid expression of the daily and social events”: Traceable to the 10th century, rediscovered in the early 1970s – Maharashtra


Mysore, October 28, 2010

Warli folk paintings, according to art critic L. Shivalingappa, are paintings from the Maharashtra region. Warli is the name of the largest tribe found on the northern outskirts of Mumbai. “Warli comes from the word ‘warla’, which means a piece of land,” he explains.

Warli art was first discovered in the early 1970s, he says, but there are no records of its exact origin. Its roots, however, may be traced to as early as the 10th century AD.

“Warli art is a vivid expression of the daily and social events of the tribe whose members used their skills to decorate walls of their houses,” he explains.

“Images of human beings and animals and scenes from everyday life are quite similar to the prehistoric cave paintings,” says Mr. Shivalingappa.

Warli paintings, today, are done on both cloth and paper. […]

The Assistant Registrar of Kannada University, Hampi, who inaugurated the exhibition [in October 2010 with over 30 Warli artists], underlined the need to protect original art forms. […]

Source: Art from everyday life – The Hindu
Address : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/art-from-everyday-life/article854092.ece
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