“We want to stick to our tribal painting style and the depiction of our culture and nature through it” – Central region

Exhibition by tribal artists
Lalit Kala Akademi Thrissur (Kerala) 2011 © Secretary Tribal Cultural Heritage in India Foundation

Today, Gonds are fast catching up with city life, and modern-day amenities, but most of their rituals remain the same. As Japani said, “Thoughts have changed and so also the lifestyle. Houses are fast changing into concrete ones. However, the tradition of painting on the walls is still there.” The young artist further made a point, “We exhibit our paintings at many places around the country. People often tell us to take up modern art but we want to stick to our tribal painting style and the depiction of our culture and nature through it. We also would like to give our perspective of the outside world through our art.” | Read more >>

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Up-to-date information on India’s Zonal Cultural Centers | Government website

  • Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata
  • North Central Zone Cultural Centre, Prayagraj
  • North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur
  • North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala
  • South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur
  • South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur
  • West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur

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