Video | A workshop for tribal children by Balu Diwa: Warli artist – Maharashtra

Balu Diwa is a young Warli artist from the Thane district of Maharashtra. He spent a week since Christmas at Tejgadh and had dialogues and interactive workshop with tribal children at Tejgadh. The clip sent captures the Warli life as represented in Warli paintings, presenting their traditional way of life as well as presenting the changes brought on by market forces, modernity and the struggle for survival.

Background

Two video clips were taken during a  workshop held at the Adivasi Academy involving Gondi and Warli artists. They showcase the interaction between the faculty at the Adivasi Academy and the artists and their attempt to capture the cultural practices and worldview of these communities through their art.

Both artists convey through their art, their struggle to conserve their tradition in a changing economy and life situation. As Pradeepji says towards the end of the clip, let art reflect the changes in life and society but the ‘thought’ behind the art should not undergo a change, if it has to survive and continue.

Source: message by Sonal Baxi, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre (Vadodara, Gujarat), 12-1-2013 – www.bhasharesearch.org

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