Gond

Mayank Shyam and the forest of Gond

If there’s one lesson Mayank Shyam has learnt from his father and legendary Gond artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, it is to be wholly, joyously, uncompromisingly himself and true to the soil that has nourished him

Untitled (Gond Art)

Gond is a celebrated shared art tradition practiced by the Gond-Pradhan community in India. It was first ‘discovered’ by Jagdish Swaminathan who was searching for original artworks from Indian tribes in the 1970s. The search ended with him meeting the talented artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, considered the pioneer of Gond art. The themes of the… Read more »

Untitled (Birds in flight)

Gond is a celebrated shared art tradition practiced by the Gond-Pradhan community in India. It was first ‘discovered’ by Jagdish Swaminathan who was searching for original artworks from Indian tribes in the 1970s. The search ended with him meeting the talented artist Jangarh Singh Shyam, considered the pioneer of Gond art. The themes of the… Read more »

Untitled (Gond Art)

This untitled Gond painting of a lion was made by Gariba Singh Tekam in 2019. It measures 113.5cm in height, 150cm in width and was created using acrylic on canvas. It bears a signature in Devnagiri script and is dated ’19’ on the lower right. Accession number: 2020.8.5    

City As Lab

City As Lab is a program run by the education consulting firm and think tank Reniscience Education, which aims to foster a spirit of scientific curiosity and a love for research in school children. City As Lab is a yearly project undertaken by schools in different Indian cities over a period of a few months,… Read more »

Jungle Book

With each canvas, Durgabai Vyam takes us deeper into the forest of childlike fantasies

Around the Warli

Three major Indian art forms—Warli, Mithila and Gond—are being showcased at the travelling exhibition ‘Many Visions, Many Versions’, which has covered various locations across America in 2018-19. The show is curated by Aurogeeta Das and David Szanton and is currently at the Weisman Art Museum in Minnesota till 6 January, 2019. It includes the works… Read more »

Solo Tiger by Jangarh Singh Shyam

The Gond community is regarded as one of the oldest and largest surviving adivasi communities of India, with possible pre-Aryan Dravidian origins. The term Gond is derived from the word ‘Kond’ meaning ‘green mountains’; a majority of the people live in the lush forested regions of Madhya Pradesh, but there are also some Gonds to… Read more »

Nature in Gond art

Jangarh exemplified the natural theme of Gondi painting. The silent message is clear—everything is interconnected

Gond: Floral painting with couple

This Gond piece by Sukhnandi Vyam is rich in symbolism. The foliage pattern makes way in the centre for an opening that hints at the fertility of Mother Earth.

Gond: Maindo Mai

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 created by Rajkumar Shyam depicts a tribal goddess called “Maindo Mai”. She holds a broom and a trident in her two arms,… 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 »

Gond: Deer with Foxes

This is a Gond painting created in the tribal regions of Madhya Pradesh by Durga Bai in her signature style of small dashes, which replace continuous lines. It depicts two symmetrically placed deers, facing against each other and looking at a smaller animal, which look like blue foxes, on their backs. The stags have horns… Read more »

Gond: Dancing Elephants

This image is created by Durga Bai shows three figures who look like Ganesha dancing with two elephants. The painting is monochromatic, and the artist has experimented with the execution style including a wavy pattern, apart from the traditional dashes and the dots. One of the three Ganeshas stands atop the composite trunk of two… Read more »

Gond art

INTO THE JUNGLE The Dravidian term Gond comes from Kond, which means green mountains. The community is naturally focused on the preservation of nature. Without green mountains, wildlife habitats and water tables die out. And without the bees and the birds, plant cycles are affected. The Gonds understood it. READ MORE COLOUR SWATCHES FROM A… Read more »