Appreciation for paintings from Maharashtra’s ‘Pinguli Chitragathi’ and Rajasthan’s ‘Mewar School’: An astonishing variety of local art

“Our country, being home to so many states and cultures, has an astonishing variety of local art. Most people, however, are not aware of it.”  

Meena Verma, the founder-director of ‘Arts of the Earth’ gallery in Lado Sarai (Delhi) | To read the full story, click here >>

The ‘Pinguli Chitragathi’ art form comes from the small and inconspicuous village of Pinguli near Kudal in Maharashtra. It has been practiced by the Thakar Adivasi community of Pinguli since as long back as the mid 18th century.

At one time, it received patronage from Sivaji Maharaj himself. In a simple audio-visual medium, some artists would hold these paintings like placards while others would narrate the sequence of events, from Hindu mythological stories, dramatically, with musicians accompanying. […]

Source: Art from rural India finds an urban home, Deccan Herald, 3 July 2012
Date Visited: Wed Oct 25 2017 16:28:15 GMT+0200 (CEST)

The splendours of Sindhudurg

Radhika P. Nair, Outlook Traveller, 

The Pinguli Art Complex, located near Kudal, showcases the art works — paintings, shadow puppets and string puppets — of the Thakar Adivasi community. They also organise shows for tourists and conduct workshops. See the Culture Aangan website for more details.

Source: The splendours of Sindhudurg – Outlook Traveller
Date Visited: Wed Oct 25 2017 16:45:53 GMT+0200 (CEST)

About us – Culture Aangan

Culture Aangan is an organization dedicated to development projects at the grass root level, in the sectors of agri- community tourism, revival of traditional art and culture, and education. Our Efforts are directed towards sustained economic growth and development while preserving the local heritage, ethos and tradition of the people and their surroundings.

Our endeavors are varied. It involves consolidating and empowering rural women under one brand identity through the self help group model; creating branded home stays; and the revival of endangered traditional art forms.

Source: Culture Aangan
Date Visited: Wed Oct 25 2017 16:50:02 GMT+0200 (CEST)


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