Birds

Kukkuta Jataka

An artist’s interpretation of Kukkuta Jataka, a tale from the Buddhist Jataka fables inspired by the life of Gautama. In Kukkuta Jataka, Gautama takes life as a rooster. A cat that wants to eat the bird offers to become his wife first. The plot fails, and the bird is later revealed to be a Bodhisattva.… Read more »

Warli: Harvesting

Warli is a tribal artform mostly created by natives of the North Sahyadri ranges of India, encompassing many regions of Maharashtra. Originally warli was done on the walls of their huts by women, but now men also practice this art. The subject matter is always depictions of their day to day life and their close… Read more »

Gond: A Collective of Birds

This is a Gond painting created in the tribal regions of Madhya Pradesh. A ritualistic mural tradition of the Gondi tribe, Gond paintings are done on paper with synthetic colours now. This image is created by Kaushal Prasad Tekam on paper. His signature style is creating a texture through using dashes in various tonalities of… Read more »

Bhil: Man and Animal Forms

The Bhils are one of the oldest tribal communities of India, residing in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, etc. Like every other tribal community, the Bhil life and lifestyles are intricately connected with nature – an aspect that is also clearly evident in the art they create. This Bhil painting, created on paper,… Read more »

Warli: Threshing

Warli is a tribal artform mostly created by natives of the North Sahyadri ranges of India, encompassing many regions of Maharashtra. Originally warli was done on the walls of their huts by women, but now men also practice this art fomr. The subject matter is always depictions of their day to day life and their… Read more »

Mithila: Two Peacocks

The mithila or madhubani painting tradition originated in Bihar, and is claimed to be around 1200 years old. It is primarily practiced by women, who used to create these works on the walls of their house interiors. Only a chance occassion n 1934 – a massive earthquake that led to the destruction of the mud… Read more »

The Cross

In this painting, the artist depicts Jesus crucified in a traditional folkish set-up. Two goats look up at the cross, while architectural elements of what look like churches already seem to emerge in the backdrop. Madhvi Parekh got much of her exposure to art from her husband Manu Parekh who studied at the J.J. School… Read more »

Ganga Singh, Silver, One Paisa

This is a silver coin issued by the state of Bikaner under Ganga Singh, the Maharaja of the Princely State of Bikaner from 1888 to 1934. On the obverse is a mustachioed portrait of the king, with a turban worn in the Bikaneri style. Around the portrait is inscribed “Mahadhiraj Rajshri Ganga Singh Bahadur” in… Read more »